General Landscape Uses:
Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also wildflower gardens.
Ecological Restoration Notes:
A common but barely noticeable understory wildflower of open upland ecosystems.
Grown by enthusiasts.
Small creeping herbaceous wildflower.
Typically 3-12 inches in height. Spreading and forming small open or dense patches.
Moderate to fast.
Widespread in North America south to Miami-Dade County and the Monroe County Keys; West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America. Rare in the Monroe County Keys.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Pinelands and coastal uplands.
Moist to dry, well-drained sandy or limestone soils, without humus.
Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Secondary line; tolerates significant salt wind without injury, but usually is somewhat protected.
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Two blue petals and one white petal.
Showy, about 1" wide; flowers are open in the morning.
All year; peak in summer.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Wilting flowers attract insects.
Can be grown from cuttings and seed.
Similar in appearance to the weedy exotic common dayflower