General Landscape Uses:
Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also butterfly gardens.
Ecological Restoration Notes:
Most common in open areas along the coast; rare inland.
Grown by enthusiasts and occasionally by native plant nurseries.
Medium short-lived perennial herb.
Typically 12-18 inches in height. Usually taller than broad.
Endemic to peninsular Florida from Miami-Dade County and the Monroe County mainland north mostly along the coasts to Martin and Pinellas counties; also historically collected in the interior in Highlands and Polk counties, but perhaps extirpated there.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Coastal uplands and disturbed sites.
Moist, 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.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Nectar plant for butterflies.
Can be grown from seed.
Almost identical to C. glandulosus var. glandulosus, but it lacks the numerous hairs on the fruits.