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Bloodleaf, Juba’s bush
Iresine diffusa
Amaranthaceae
 

Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida
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General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.

Availability: Grown by enthusiasts.

Description: Medium short-lived perennial herb.

Dimensions: Typically 2-3 feet in height, sometimes more. Usually taller than broad.

Growth Rate: Fast.

Range: Monroe County Keys north to Duval, Alachua and Levy counties, then scattered in north Florida, Louisiana and Texas; West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America. Very rare and scattered in the Monroe County Keys.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Hammocks.

Soils: Moist, well-drained sandy or limestone soils, with humusy top layer.

Nutritional Requirements: Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.

Salt Water Tolerance: Moderate; tolerates brackish water or occasional inundation by salt water.

Salt Wind Tolerance: Secondary line; tolerates significant salt wind without injury, but usually is somewhat protected.

Drought Tolerance: Moderate; generally requires moist soils, but tolerant of short periods of drought once established.

Light Requirements: Light shade.

Flower Color: White.

Flower Characteristics: Inconspicuous.

Flowering Season: All year.

Fruit: Inconspicuous membranaceous utricle.

Wildlife and Ecology: Principal larval host plant of Hayhurst's scallopwing (Staphylus hayhurstii) butterflies.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed or cuttings.


Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida
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Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Copyright by: George D. Gann, 2012
In habitat, Palm Beach County, Florida

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton


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