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Common twinflower, Oblongleaf twinflower
Dyschoriste oblongifolia
Acanthaceae


General Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also wildflower gardens.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

An occasional groundcover in mesic flatwoods.
Availability:
Grown by a few native plant nurseries in South and Central Florida.
Description:
Small erect to sprawling wildflower with small fine-textured leaves.
Dimensions:
Typically 4-8 inches in height, broader than tall.
Growth Rate:
Moderate.
Range:
Southeastern United States south to Indian River, Highlands and Collier counties. Records of this from southeastern Florida all appear to be Dyschoriste angusta.
Habitats:
Pinelands.
Soils:
Moist, well-drained sandy soils, without humus.
Nutritional Requirements:
Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.
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.
Flower Color:
Bluish or purplish.
Flower Characteristics:
Semi-showy.
Flowering Season:
Spring-fall.
Fruit:
Inconspicuous capsule.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Larval host plant for common buckeye (Junonia coenia) butterflies.
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed.


 


Roger L. Hammer
George D. Gann, 2017
In cultivation, Florida
Chuck McCartney