General Landscape Uses:
Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also wildflower and butterfly gardens.
Native plant nurseries in central and northern Florida. Available in Largo at
Wilcox Nursery and Landscape
Medium herbaceous wildflower.
About 2-3 inches in height; to 3 feet when in flower. Taller than broad when in flower.
Widespread in eastern North America south to Miami-Dade and Collier counties. Perhaps never present or extirpated in Broward County. Not documented on barrier islands in South Florida, but possibly historically present; it is cultivated at
in Palm Beach.
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 and prairies.
Moist to wet, well-drained to moderately well drained sandy or limestone 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.
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Atttracts bees, butterflies and other beneficial insect pollinators. Valuable source of insects for birds.
Can be grown from seed.
See also the Florida Wildflower Foundation's
page. See a 2018 post on the
Treasure Coast Natives
blog on Blazing Stars and their flowers.