General Landscape Uses:
Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also wildflower gardens.
Ecological Restoration Notes:
A critically imperiled element of the South Florida flora, which would benefit from both habitat restoration and population augmentations.
Rarely grown by enthusiasts and at botanical gardens.
Small herbaceous wildflower.
About 3-9 inches in height. Spreading and forming small open patches broader than tall.
Peninsular Florida, mostly along the eastern coast from northern Miami-Dade County to Volusia County.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Map of suggested ZIP codes north to Indian River and Manatee counties.
Map of ZIP codes with habitat recommendations north to Martin and Charlotte counties.
Primarily open, coastal strand.
Moist, well-drained 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:
High; can tolerate moderate amounts of salt wind without injury.
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Small pod (legume).
Can be grown from seed.
For more information, visit our Floristic Inventory of South Florida Database Online
. See also Florida Natural Areas Inventory's Field Guide to the Rare Plants of Florida
page (Chafin 2000).