General Landscape Uses:
Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also moist to wet wildflower and butterfly gardens.
Grown by one or two native plant nurseries in South Florida.
Medium herbaceous wildflower.
Typically 1-2 feet in height. Usually taller than broad, but sometimes falling over and forming small patches.
Eastern and southern United States west to Texas and south to Miami-Dade County and the Monroe County mainland; Cuba. Naturalized in New York and Ontario.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Map of suggested ZIP codes north to Indian River and Manatee counties.
Map of ZIP codes with habitat recommendations north to Martin and Charlotte counties.
Marshes and swamps.
Moist to wet, moderately well-drained to poorly-drained sandy, calcareous or organic soils, with or without humusy top layer.
Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
Moderate to low; requires moist to wet soils, but tolerant of short periods of drought once established.
Light shade to full sun.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Nectar plant for obscure skipper (Panoquina panoquinoides
), salt marsh skipper (Panoquina panoquin
), southern broken-dash (Wallengrenia otho
), three-spotted skipper (Cymaenes tripunctus
) and other butterflies. Attracts bee pollinators.
Can be grown from seed.
See also the Florida Wildflower Foundation's Flower Friday