About 3-6 inches in height. Stems spreading to 3 feet long or sometimes more.
Moderate to fast.
Endemic to South Florida from Miami-Dade County and the Monroe County mainland north and west to Collier and Hendry counties. Very rare or absent in Broward County; reported from but never vouchered at Hillsboro Pineland Natural Area. Briefly naturalized in Martin County, where not native.
Pinelands and prairies.
Moist, well-drained 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:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
White or blushed with purplish-pink.
All year; peak spring-fall.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Provides food for birds. Nectar plant for Georgia satyr (Neonympha areolata) butterflies.
It is listed as threatened by the state of Florida.
Roger L. Hammer
George D. Gann
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.