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Pitted stripeseed
Piriqueta cistoides subsp. caroliniana
Passifloraceae


General Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also wildflower gardens.
Availability:
Grown by enthusiasts and occasionally by native plant nurseries.
Description:
Small herbaceous wildflower.
Dimensions:
About 4-8 inches in height. Usually taller than broad, but sometimes falling over and forming small patches.
Growth Rate:
Fast.
Range:
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.
Habitats:
Pinelands, prairies and marshes.
Soils:
Moist to seasonally wet, well- to moderately well-drained sandy or limestone soils, without humus.
Nutritional Requirements:
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.
Drought Tolerance:
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Light Requirements:
Full sun.
Flower Color:
Yellow.
Flower Characteristics:
Showy, about 3/4" wide.
Flowering Season:
All year; peak spring-fall.
Fruit:
Inconspicuous, globose 3-valved capsule containing light brown to gray pitted seeds.
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed.


 


James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida
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Roger L. Hammer
Keith A. Bradley