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Alligatorlily
Hymenocallis palmeri
Amaryllidaceae
 

Copyright by: James Johnson, 2013
In habitat, Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida
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General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also wet wildflower gardens.

Availability: Grown by enthusiasts.

Description: Small to medium herbaceous wildflower.

Dimensions: Typically 1-2 feet in height, more when in flower. About as broad as tall.

Growth Rate: Moderate.

Range: Endemic to Florida from Miami-Dade County and the Monroe County mainland north to Brevard, Osceola, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties; disjunct in Duval and Bradford counties.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Marshes and marl prairies.

Soils: Wet to moist, seasonally inundated calcareous or 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: Low; requires moist to wet soils and is intolerant of long periods of drought.

Light Requirements: Full sun.

Flower Color: White.

Flower Characteristics: Showy.

Flowering Season: Spring-fall.

Fruit: Globose fleshy capsule.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed and divisions.

Comments: Luber grasshoppers chew the leaves.


Copyright by: James Johnson, 2013
In habitat, Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida
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Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Copyright by: Shirley Denton


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