General Landscape Uses:
Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also wildflower gardens.
Grown by enthusiasts and occasionally by native plant nurseries.
Small herbaceous wildflower.
About 4-8 inches in height. Usually taller than broad, but sometimes falling over and forming small patches.
Southern United States south to the Monroe County Keys; West Indies. In the Monroe County Keys, apparently disjunct from Miami-Dade County to the pine rocklands of Big Pine Key; also collected once on Key Largo, but perhaps introduced there.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Pinelands, prairies and marshes.
Moist to seasonally wet, well- to moderately well-drained sandy or 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.
Showy, about 3/4" wide.
All year; peak spring-fall.
Inconspicuous, globose 3-valved capsule containing light brown to gray pitted seeds.
Can be grown from seed.