General Landscape Uses:
Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.
Grown by enthusiasts.
Medium herbaceous wildflower.
About 1-2 feet in height. Taller than broad.
Endemic to Florida from Miami-Dade and Collier counties north to the Florida Panhandle.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Map of ZIP codes with habitat recommendations north to Martin and Charlotte counties.
Pinelands, prairies and marshes.
Wet to moist, seasonally inundated sandy or calcareous soils, without humus.
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.
Low; requires moist to wet soils and is intolerant of long periods of drought.
Whitish or pinkish; the inflorescence appearing greenish.
Can be grown from seed.
The leaves are held out parallel to each other, thus the part of the common name "semaphore."