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Seaside spurge, Coastal beach sandmat
Euphorbia mesembryanthemifolia

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Not recommended for general landscape use.

Ecological Restoration Notes: A common element of open, coastal uplands.

Availability: Grown by enthusiasts.

Description: Small perennial herbaceous wildflower.

Dimensions: Typically 1-3 feet in height. Taller than broad.

Growth Rate: Fast.

Range: Peninsular Florida south along the coasts to the Monroe County Keys; the West Indies, Mexico, Central America and northern South America.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Beach dunes, coastal strand and coastal grasslands.

Soils: Moist, well-drained sandy soils, without humusy top layer.

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

Salt Water Tolerance: Moderately low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water, but tolerates short term inunation by salt water from storm surge with minimal damage.

Salt Wind Tolerance: Frontline; grows in direct salt wind but away from constant salt spray.

Drought Tolerance: High; does not require any supplemental water once established.

Light Requirements: Full sun.

Flower Color: White glad appendages.

Flower Characteristics: Inconspicuous.

Flowering Season: Summer.

Fruit: Inconspicuous capsule.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seeds and cuttings.

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

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