General Landscape Uses:
Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also accent epiphtye.
Grown by enthusiasts.
4-6 inches in height; up to 10 inches in flower. Usually taller than broad.
Monroe County Keys north to Brevard, Osceola and Charlotte counties, but very rare north of Lake Okeechobee ; West Indies, Mexico, Central America and northern South America.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Moist forests and swamps.
Epiphytic; grows on the trunks and branches of trees and shrubs.
Low; it grows on nutrient poor substrate.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Moderate; grows near salt water, but is protected from direct salt spray by other vegetation.
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Tubular, lavender flowers emerge from pink bracts.
Semi-showy inflorescence, about 3" long.
Green to brown capsule with hairy, wind dispersed seeds.
Can be grown from seed and division.