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Beach verbena, Coastal mock vervain
Glandularia maritima
Verbenaceae
 

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

General Landscape Uses: Wildflower and rock gardens.

Ecological Restoration Notes: Probably native mostly to open, sunny areas in coastal strand now occupied by Brazilian-pepper (Schinus terebithifolius) and other exotics. A good candidate for augmentation following exotic plant removal. Also rare in pine rocklands and mesic flatwoods in Miami-Dade and Collier counties.

Availability: Available in Lake Worth at Amelia's SmartyPlants (561-540-6296).

Description: Small herbaceous wildflower.

Dimensions: Typically 3-12 inches in height. Spreading and forming small patches broader than tall.

Growth Rate: Fast.

Range: Endemic to peninsular Florida from Miami-Dade County north along the east coast to St. Johns County; also in Collier and Hendry counties and reported for the Monroe County Keys by Moldenke (1977).

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: Rose-purple.

Flower Characteristics: Showy.

Flowering Season: All year.

Fruit: Inconspicuous nutlet.

Wildlife and Ecology: Nectar plant for butterflies.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from cuttings without mist.

Comments: It is listed as endangered by the state of Florida. Horticultural synonyms: Verbena maritima.


Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Copyright by: George D. Gann


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