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Tarflower
Bejaria racemosa
Ericaceae
 

Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Hillsboro Pineland Natural Area, Broward County, Florida
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General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also an accent shrub.

Ecological Restoration Notes: A fairly common shrub in a wide variety of flatwoods ecosystems.

Availability: Grown by enthusiasts and occasionally by native plant nurseries.

Description: Medium to large shrub with erect branches. Leaves thin, often with a hairy midrib, 1-2 inches long.

Dimensions: Typically 4-8 feet, sometimes taller. Sometimes as broad as tall.

Growth Rate: Moderate.

Range: Southeastern United States south to Miami-Dade and Collier counties. In Miami-Dade County it has been reported as far south as the Little River area.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Pinelands.

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

Nutritional Requirements: Low to moderate; it can grow in nutrient poor soils or soils with some organic content.

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

Light Requirements: Full sun to light shade.

Flower Color: Bright white, often tinged with pink.

Flower Characteristics: Semi-showy, in long terminal racemes. Fragrant and sticky.

Flowering Season: Spring-fall.

Fruit: Rounded sticky capsule.

Wildlife and Ecology: Provides moderate amounts of food and significant cover for wildlife. Bees and flies are attracted to the flowers, and are often caught on the sticky flowers.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed.

Comments: This is a very ornamental shrub when in flower, and worthy of more attention by the native plant trade. Synonyms: also spelled Befaria racemosa.


Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Hillsboro Pineland Natural Area, Broward County, Florida
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Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Hillsboro Pineland Natural Area, Broward County, Florida

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton


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