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.
Grown by enthusiasts.
Small herbaceous wildflower.
Typically 3-6 inches in height. Spreading and forming small, open patches.
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.
Pinelands and open, coastal uplands.
Moist, well-drained sandy or limestone soils, without humus.
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.
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Semi-showy, about 5/16" long.
Brown inflated pod (legume). Seeds "rattle" when the fruit is ripe.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Larval host plant for ceraunus blue (Hemiargus ceraunus) butterflies.
Gann, G.D., M.E. Abdo, J.W. Gann, G.D. Gann, Sr., S.W.
Woodmansee, K.A. Bradley, E. Grahl and K.N. Hines. 2005-2016. Natives For Your Neighborhood. http://www.regionalconservation.org.
The Institute for Regional Conservation. Delray Beach, Florida USA.