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Forked bluecurls
Trichostema dichotomum

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

General Landscape Uses: Wildflower and rock gardens.

Availability: Native plant nurseries.

Description: Medium annual or short-lived perennial herbaceous wildflower.

Dimensions: About 12-18 inches in height. Usually about as broad as tall.

Growth Rate: Moderate to fast.

Range: Eastern and central North America west to Texas and south to Miami-Dade County and the Monroe County mainland; Bahamas.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Pinelands and open coastal uplands.

Soils: Moist, well-drained sandy or limestone soils, without humus.

Nutritional Requirements: 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.

Drought Tolerance: High; does not require any supplemental water once established.

Light Requirements: Full sun.

Flower Color: Blue.

Flower Characteristics: Semi-showy.

Flowering Season: All year; peak summer-fall.

Fruit: Inconspicuous nutlet.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed.

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

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