Narrow-leaved waterwillow
Justicia angusta
Acanthaceae


Landscape Uses:

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

Ecological Restoration Notes:

Availability:
Grown by enthusiasts and occasionally by native plant nurseries.
Description:
Small herbaceous wildflower.
Height:
Typically 6-12 inches in height. Taller than broad.
Growth Rate:
Moderate.
Range:
Miami-Dade County and the Monroe County mainland north and west to Georgia and the Florida Panhandle.
Habitats:
Marshes and wet prairies.
Soils:
Wet to moist, moderately well-drained sandy or calcareous 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:
Pale purplish.
Flower Characteristics:
Semi-showy.
Flowering Season:
Spring-summer.
Fruit:
Inconspicuous capsule.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Horticultural Notes:
Comments:


James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida
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James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida
Chuck McCartney, 1993
In habitat, Peaceful Palms, Hendry County, Florida
Chuck McCartney, 1993
In habitat, Peaceful Palms, Hendry County, Florida
Roger L. Hammer