General Landscape Uses:
Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also butterfly gardens.
Ecological Restoration Notes:
It can be used as one of many understory herbs in pine rocklands.
Grown by enthusiasts.
Small to medium herbaceous grass.
About 4-6 inches tall; to 12 inches or more when in flower. Spreading and usually broader than tall.
Monroe County Keys and Miami-Dade County and north along the west coast to Citrus and Sumpter counties; West Indies, Mexico and Central America.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Hammocks, pinelands and coastal uplands.
Moist, well-drained limestone soils, with or without humusy top layer.
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.
Light shade to full sun.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Larval host plant for southern broken-dash (Wallengrenia otho) butterflies.
Can be grown from seed.
Can be a little weedy, but useful to fill in open spaces pine rocklands while other species are becoming established.