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Rabbitbells
Crotalaria rotundifolia
Fabaceae
 

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

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

Ecological Restoration Notes: A common understory herb in a variety of open, upland ecosystems.

Availability: Grown by enthusiasts.

Description: Small herbaceous wildflower.

Dimensions: Typically 3-6 inches in height. Spreading and forming small, open patches.

Growth Rate: Moderate.

Range: Southern and eastern United States west to Texas and south to the Monroe County Keys; West Indies, Mexico and Central America. 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 open, coastal uplands.

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: 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: Yellow.

Flower Characteristics: Semi-showy, about 5/16" long.

Flowering Season: All year.

Fruit: Brown inflated pod (legume). Seeds "rattle" when the fruit is ripe.

Wildlife and Ecology: Larval host plant for ceraunus blue (Hemiargus ceraunus) butterflies.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed.


Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Copyright by: Steven W. Woodmansee

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton


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