General Landscape Uses:
Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also butterfly gardens and water gardens and along pond and lake edges.
Grown by enthusiasts.
Small creeping herb.
About 1-2 inches in height. Spreading and forming large open or dense patches.
Widespread in the eastern and central United States south to the Monroe County Keys; Bahamas.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Primarily disturbed areas, including lawns, but also found in hammocks and near water bodies.
Wet to moist, well-drained to poorly drained sandy, limestone or organic soils, with or without humus.
Moderate to low; it prefers soils with organic content, but will still grow reasonably well in nutrient poor soils.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Secondary line; tolerates significant salt wind without injury, but usually is somewhat protected.
Moderate; generally requires moist soils, but tolerant of short periods of drought once established.
Light shade to full sun.
Easily grown from divisions of creeping, rooted stems, but keep moist at all times.
Can be weedy in the garden, but covers ground and competes with less desirable plants.