Whitetassels
Dalea carnea var. carnea
Fabaceae


Landscape Uses:

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

Ecological Restoration Notes:

A somewhat rare understory component of pine rocklands and mesic flatwoods.
Availability:
Grown by enthusiasts and occasionally by native plant nurseries.
Description:
Small to medium herbaceous wildflower with fine textured foliage.
Height:
Typically 6-18 inches in height. Spreading and forming small, open patches.
Growth Rate:
Moderate.
Range:
Georgia and Florida south to Miami-Dade and Collier counties.
Habitats:
Pinelands.
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:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
Drought Tolerance:
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Light Requirements:
Full sun.
Flower Color:
Pink.
Flower Characteristics:
Showy inflorescence.
Flowering Season:
Summer.
Fruit:
Inconspicuous pod (legume).
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Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton
Keith A. Bradley