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False dragonhead, Eastern false dragonhead
Physostegia purpurea
Lamiaceae
 

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also moist to wet wildflower gardens.

Availability: Grown by enthusiasts and occasionally by native plant nurseries.

Description: Medium herbaceous wildflower.

Dimensions: About 2-3 feet in height. Taller than broad.

Growth Rate: Moderate.

Range: Southeastern United States south to peninsular Florida, then south along the southwest coast to Miami-Dade County and the Monroe County Keys. In the Monroe County Keys, disjunct from Miami-Dade County to the pine rocklands of Big Pine Key, where last collected in 1973.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Marshes, swamps and pinelands.

Soils: Moist, well-drained 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: Lavender.

Flower Characteristics: Semi-showy.

Flowering Season: Spring-summer.

Fruit: Inconspicuous nutlet.

Wildlife and Ecology: Provides food for birds.


Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton


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