General Landscape Uses:
Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also wildflower and butterfly gardens.
Grown by enthusiasts.
Small herbaceous wildflower.
Typically 4-8 inches in height. Taller than broad.
Widespread in eastern North America south to Miami-Dade and Collier counties; very rare and primarily growing as an ephemeral weed in Miami-Dade County.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Map of suggested ZIP codes from South Florida north to southern Brevard, Osceola, Polk, and Pasco counties.
Map of ZIP codes with habitat recommendations from the Monroe County Keys north to Martin and Charlotte counties.
Open disturbed sites.
Moist, well drained sandy soils, without humus.
Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate 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.
Pale to dark blue.
Wildlife and Ecology: Larval host plant
for common buckeye (Junonia coenia
See also the Florida Wildflower Foundation's Flower Friday