Poorman's-patch, Stickleaf
Mentzelia floridana
Loasaceae


Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Because it is weedy and easily spread it is not recommended for general landscape use.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

Although rare, it is typically weedy in disturbed sites undergoing restoration.
Availability:
Rarely grown by enthusiasts.
Description:
Small perennial herbaceous wildflower.
Height:
About 1-3 feet in height, sometimes scrambling higher in other vegetation.
Growth Rate:
Fast.
Range:
Peninsular Florida and the Bahamas.
Habitats:
Beach dunes and coastal strand.
Soils:
Moist, well-drained sandy soils, without a humusy top layer.
Nutritional Requirements:
Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Moderately low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water, but tolerates short term inunation by salt water from storm surge with minimal damage.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Secondary line; tolerates significant salt wind without injury, but usually is somewhat protected.
Drought Tolerance:
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Light Requirements:
Full sun.
Flower Color:
Yellow.
Flower Characteristics:
Showy.
Flowering Season:
All year.
Fruit:
Wildlife and Ecology:
Horticultural Notes:
Comments:
All parts of the plant are covered with tiny sticky hooks that easily attach themselves to clothing and even bare skin.


Chuck McCartney
Chuck McCartney
Roger L. Hammer