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Florida diamond flowers
Stenaria nigricans var. floridana
Rubiaceae
 

Copyright by: Beryn Harty, 2015
Monroe County, Florida

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

Ecological Restoration Notes: It can be used as one of many understory herbs in pine rocklands.

Availability: Grown by enthusiasts.

Description: Small herbaceous wildflower.

Dimensions: About 2-4 inches tall. Spreading and becoming broader than tall.

Growth Rate: Fast.

Range: Monroe County Keys and Miami-Dade County; Bahamas. In the Monroe County Keys, disjunct from Miami-Dade County to the pine rocklands of Big Pine Key. Also collected on the island of Key West in the mid 1800s.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Pine rocklands.

Soils: Moist, well-drained 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: White.

Flower Characteristics: Semi-showy.

Flowering Season: All year.

Fruit: Inconspicuous globose capsule.


Copyright by: Beryn Harty, 2015
Monroe County, Florida

Copyright by: Beryn Harty, 2015
Monroe County, Florida

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Copyright by: Shirley Denton


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