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Florida vente conmigo
Croton glandulosus var. floridanus
Euphorbiaceae
 

Copyright by: Keith J. Buttry, 2015
In habitat, Virginia Key, Florida, USA

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

Ecological Restoration Notes: Most common in open areas along the coast; rare inland.

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

Description: Medium short-lived perennial herb.

Dimensions: Typically 12-18 inches in height. Usually taller than broad.

Growth Rate: Fast.

Range: Endemic to peninsular Florida from Miami-Dade County and the Monroe County mainland north mostly along the coasts to Martin and Pinellas counties; also historically collected in the interior in Highlands and Polk counties, but perhaps extirpated there.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Coastal uplands and disturbed sites.

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: 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: White.

Flower Characteristics: Inconspicuous.

Flowering Season: All year.

Fruit: Inconspicuous capsule.

Wildlife and Ecology: Nectar plant for butterflies.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed.

Comments: Almost identical to C. glandulosus var. glandulosus, but it lacks the numerous hairs on the fruits.


Copyright by: Keith J. Buttry, 2015
In habitat, Virginia Key, Florida, USA

Copyright by: Keith J. Buttry, 2015
In habitat, Virginia Key, Florida, USA


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