Florida paintbrush, Coastalplain chaffhead
Carphephorus corymbosus
Asteraceae


Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also wildflower and butterfly gardens.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

Availability:
Grown by a few native plant nurseries in south and central Florida.
Description:
Medium herbaceous wildflower.
Height:
Basal rosette 1-3 inches in height; up to 3 feet when in flower.
Growth Rate:
Moderate.
Range:
Southeastern United States south to Broward County and the Monroe County mainland. Very rare in Broward County, only known from Military Trail Natural Area.
Habitats:
Moist to dry pinelands.
Soils:
Moist, well-drained sandy soils, without humus.
Nutritional Requirements:
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.
Drought Tolerance:
Low; requires moist to wet soils and is intolerant of long periods of drought.
Light Requirements:
Full sun.
Flower Color:
Purplish.
Flower Characteristics:
Showy.
Flowering Season:
Summer-fall.
Fruit:
Inconspicuous achene.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Nectar plant for butterflies.
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed.
Comments:


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