General Landscape Uses:
Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also saline butterfly gardens along the coast.
Grown by enthusiasts and occasionally by native plant nurseries.
Small creeping herb.
About 6-12 inches or sometimes more in height. Spreading and forming large mats.
Coastal regions of the New World, Europe and northern Africa.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Brackish coastal areas.
Wet, ocassionally inundated brackish or saline soils.
Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.
Salt Water Tolerance:
High; tolerates flooding by salt water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Moderate; grows near salt water, but is protected from direct salt spray by other vegetation.
Low; requires moist to wet soils and is intolerant of long periods of drought.
All year; peak summer-fall.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Larval host plant for eastern pygmy-blue (Brephidium isophthalma) butterflies.
Can be grown from seed and division.