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Narrow-leaved waterwillow
Justicia angusta
Acanthaceae


General Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also wet to moist wildflower gardens.
Availability:
Grown by enthusiasts and occasionally by native plant nurseries.
Description:
Small herbaceous wildflower.
Dimensions:
Typically 6-12 inches in height. Taller than broad.
Growth Rate:
Moderate.
Range:
Miami-Dade County and the Monroe County mainland north and west to Georgia and the Florida Panhandle.
Habitats:
Marshes and wet prairies.
Soils:
Wet to moist, moderately well-drained sandy or calcareous 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:
Pale purplish.
Flower Characteristics:
Semi-showy.
Flowering Season:
Spring-summer.
Fruit:
Inconspicuous capsule.


 


Chuck McCartney
Chuck McCartney
Roger L. Hammer