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Common pawpaw, Netted pawpaw
Asimina reticulata

Copyright by: Chuck McCartney

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

Ecological Restoration Notes: A relatively common groundcover in mesic flatwoods, scrubby flatwoods and scrub.

Availability: Grown by enthusiasts and occasionally by native plant nurseries.

Description: Small to medium woody groundcover. Leaves pale green above, 1 1/2-3 1/2 inches long. Short deciduous, the new leaves emerging in mid to late winter (February-March).

Dimensions: Typically 1-3 feet in height, occasionally taller. Usually taller than broad.

Growth Rate: Slow.

Range: Georgia south to northeastern Miami-Dade and Collier counties.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Pinelands and scrub.

Soils: Moist to dry, well-drained sandy soils, without humus.

Nutritional Requirements: Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.

Salt Water Tolerance: Low; does not tolerate 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 to light shade.

Flower Color: Outside creamy white with a reddish-purple base; inside creamy white with a broad band of dark purple across the widest part.

Flower Characteristics: Showy, 2-3" wide; very fragrant with a strong spicy odor.

Flowering Season: Winter-spring, appearing with new leaves.

Fruit: Yellowish-green berry.

Wildlife and Ecology: Provides significant food and moderate amounts of cover for wildlife. Larval host plant for zebra swallowtail (Eurytides marcellus) butterflies.

Copyright by: Chuck McCartney

Copyright by: Chuck McCartney

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

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