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Tread-softly, Finger-rot, 7-minute-itch
Cnidoscolus stimulosus
Euphorbiaceae
 

Copyright by: George D. Gann
in habitat, Miami-Dade County, Florida, 2013

General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.

Ecological Restoration Notes: A common undestory herb in a wide variety of open uplands.

Availability: Grown by enthusiasts.

Description: Small herbaceous wildflower.

Dimensions: Typically 4-12 inches in height. Sometimes as broad as tall and sometimes taller than broad.

Growth Rate: Moderate.

Range: Eastern and southern United States west to Louisiana and south to the Monroe County Keys. In the Monroe County Keys, disjunct from Miami-Dade County to the pine rocklands of Big Pine Key.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Pinelands and coastal uplands.

Soils: Moist to dry, 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: High; can tolerate moderate amounts of salt wind without injury.

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

Light Requirements: Full sun.

Flower Color: White.

Flower Characteristics: Semi-showy.

Flowering Season: All year; peak summer-fall.

Fruit: Inconspicuous capsule.

Comments: The entire plant is covered with stinging hairs, thus the common name "tread-softly."


Copyright by: George D. Gann
in habitat, Miami-Dade County, Florida, 2013

Copyright by: George D. Gann

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

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Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton


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