General Landscape Uses:
Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also wildflower and butterfly gardens.
Grown by enthusiasts.
Small herbaceous wildflower.
Typically 6-24 inches in height but sometimes taller. Spreading and usually much broader than tall.
Endemic to Miami-Dade, Broward and Collier counties south to the Monroe County Keys. In the Monroe County Keys, disjunct from Miami-Dade County to the pine rocklands of Big Pine Key. In Broward County, known only from Hillsboro Pineland Natural Area.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Pine rocklands and marl prairies.
Moist, well-drained limestone (rarely 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.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Probable nectar plant for Bahamian swallowtail (Heraclides andraemon), cassius blue (Leptotes cassius), dorantes skipper (Urbanus dorantes), field skipper (Atalopedes campestris), Florida white (Appias drusilla), gray hairstreak (Strymon melinus), gulf fritillary (Agraulis vanillae), julia (Dryas iulia), long-tailed skipper (Urbanus proteus), Miami blue (Hemiargus thomasi), obscure skipper (Panoquina panoquinoides), Palatka skipper (Euphyes pilatka), Schaus' swallowtail (Heraclides aristodemius), tropical checkered-skipper (Pyrgus oileus) and other butterflies.
Can be grown from seed.
It is listed as threatened by the state of Florida. Taxonomy: some authors place M. parvifolia into synonomy under the wide ranging M. nivea; we do not.