Soils: Moist, well-drained sandy or limestone soils, with or without humusy top layer.
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: Secondary line; tolerates significant salt wind without injury, but usually is somewhat protected.
Drought Tolerance: High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Light Requirements: Full sun to light shade.
Flower Color: Bright pink fading to blue.
Flower Characteristics: Semi-showy.
Flowering Season: All year.
Fruit: Small brown pod (legume).
Wildlife and Ecology:Larval host plant for cassius blue (Leptotes cassius), ceraunus blue (Hemiargus ceraunus), gray hairstreak (Strymon melinus), silver spotted skipper (Epargyreus clarus) and zarucco duskywing (Erynnis zarucco) butterflies.
Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed.
Comments: This is a part of a confusing group with unstable taxonomy; this species was listed as Galactia regularis in Wunderlin & Hansen (2011) and for several years on the Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants. Plants in the Florida Keys and in the pine rocklands of Miami-Dade County are the closely related Galactia parvifolia, with narrow leaflets. For any Galactia species, we recommend using plants that were originally collected from near your project location.
Copyright by: George D. Gann, 2019. Ocean Ridge Hammock Park, Palm Beach County, Florida.