General Landscape Uses:
An accent shrub along pond and lake edges.
Ecological Restoration Notes:
A rather infrequent element in marshes and the edges of freshwater swamps.
Grown by one or two native plant nurseries in South Florida.
Medium erect shrub.
Typically 6-8 feet in height. Usually taller than broad.
Southeastern United States west to Texas and south to Miami-Dade County and the Monroe County mainland.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Swamps, wet thickets and marshes.
Wet, moderately well-drained to poorly-drained organic soils.
High; requires rich organic soils for optimal growth.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
Low; requires moist to wet soils and is intolerant of long periods of drought.
Light purple or pink with a dark purple or reddish-purple center.
Inconspicuous dry capsule.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Flowers provide nectar for hummingbirds, orioles and other birds.
Can be grown from seed.
An attractive shrub when in flower, the stems die back at the end of each summer. The following spring, new stems emerge from the base.