General Landscape Uses:
Wildflower and rock gardens.
Ecological Restoration Notes:
Fairly common in pinelands on the Miami Rock Ridge; rarer elsewhere.
Grown by enthusiasts and occasionally by native plant nurseries. Available at Indian Trails Native Nursery
in Lake Worth (561-641-9488).
Small fine textured wildflower.
About 4-8 inches in height. Often taller than wide, but spreading and forming small open patches.
Monroe County Keys north to Martin and Collier counties, then rare and scattered to the north in Lee, Highlands, Polk, Hernando and Wakulla counties; Bahamas. In the Monroe County Keys, disjunct from Miami-Dade County to the pine rocklands of Big Pine Key.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Pinelands and prairies.
Moist, well-drained limestone or sandy 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:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Blue or purple.
Semi-showy, 1/4" wide..
Wildlife and Ecology:
Possible larval host plant
for common buckeye (Junonia coenia
) butterflies, which utilized the closely related D. oblongifolia
Can be grown from seed.