General Landscape Uses:
Wildflower gardens. Moist coastal locations.
Ecological Restoration Notes:
A relatively commmon element of coastal uplands.
Widely cultivated. Available in Lake Worth at Indian Trails Native Nursery
(561-641-9488) and at Amelia's SmartyPlants
Medium herbaceous wildflower from a basal rosette. Leaves strap-like, leathery, up to 2 1/2 feet long.
Typically 2-3 feet in height, more when in flower. About as tall as broad.
Monroe County Keys north along the coasts to Volusia, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties; Texas; West Indies.
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.
Coastal beaches and thickets; sometimes along the margins of mangrove swamps.
Moist, well-drained to occasionally inundated brackish sandy soils.
Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Moderate; tolerates brackish water or occasional inundation by salt water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Frontline; grows in direct salt wind but away from constant salt spray.
Moderate to high; plants growing in extremely dry soils may die during extended periods of drought.
Full sun to light shade.
Green fleshy capsule. Maturing in fall.
Can be grown from seed and divisions.
Luber grasshoppers chew the leaves. See also the Florida Wildflower Foundation's Flower Friday