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Florida elephant’s-foot, Tall elephant’s-foot
Elephantopus elatus
Asteraceae
 

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

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

Availability: Grown by one or two native plant nurseries in South Florida.

Description: Small to medium herbaceous wildflower.

Dimensions: Basal rosette about 2-4 inches in height; to 18 inches when in flower. Broader than tall except when in flower.

Growth Rate: Moderate.

Range: Southeastern United States south to northeastern Miami-Dade and Collier counties.

Plant Map Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

 Map of suggested ZIP codes north to Indian River and Manatee counties.

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

Habitats: Pinelands.

Soils: Moist, 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.

Flower Color: Bluish purple.

Flower Characteristics: Semi-showy.

Flowering Season: Summer-fall.

Fruit: Inconspicuous achene.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed.

Comments: See also the Florida Wildflower Foundation's Flower Friday page.


Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton


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