General Landscape Uses:
Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.
Ecological Restoration Notes:
An occasional understory herb in pine rocklands.
Grown by enthusiasts.
Small, fine-textured grasslike herb.
Typically 3-6 inches in height; to 12 inches when in flower. About as broad as tall.
Monroe and Miami-Dade counties; disjunct in Citrus and Hernando counties; West Indies, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Old World tropics. In the Monroe County Keys, disjunct from Miami-Dade County to Bahia Honda, Big Pine Key and nearby islands.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Map of ZIP codes with habitat recommendations north to Martin and Charlotte counties.
Pine rocklands, marl prairie and coastal uplands.
Moist, well-drained 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:
Moderate; grows near salt water, but is protected from direct salt spray by other vegetation.
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Possible larval host plant for grass-skipper butterflies.
Can be grown from seed.
A very attractive small fine-textured herb for sunny rockland gardens.