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Tread-softly, Finger-rot, 7-minute-itch
Cnidoscolus stimulosus
Euphorbiaceae
 

Copyright by: George D. Gann
in habitat, Miami-Dade County, Florida, 2013

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

Ecological Restoration Notes: A common undestory herb in a wide variety of open uplands.

Availability: Grown by enthusiasts.

Description: Small herbaceous wildflower.

Dimensions: Typically 4-12 inches in height. Sometimes as broad as tall and sometimes taller than broad.

Growth Rate: Moderate.

Range: Eastern and southern United States west to Louisiana and south to the Monroe County Keys. In the Monroe County Keys, disjunct from Miami-Dade County to the pine rocklands of Big Pine Key.

Plant Map Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

 Map of ZIP codes with habitat recommendations north to Martin and Charlotte counties.

Habitats: Pinelands and coastal uplands.

Soils: Moist to dry, 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: High; can tolerate moderate amounts of salt wind without injury.

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; peak summer-fall.

Fruit: Inconspicuous capsule.

Comments: The entire plant is covered with stinging hairs, thus the common name "tread-softly." See also the Florida Wildflower Foundation's Flower Friday page.


Copyright by: George D. Gann
in habitat, Miami-Dade County, Florida, 2013

Copyright by: George D. Gann

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton


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