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Licania michauxii

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

General Landscape Uses: Low massing shrub. Wildflower gardens.

Availability: Occasionally available at Mesozoic Landscapes, Inc. in Lake Worth and available at Indian Trails Native Nursery in Lake Worth (561-641-9488).

Description: Woody groundcover or small shrub with short erect stems. Leaves 4 inches long, leathery, dark green.

Dimensions: About 1-5 feet in height. Spreading from underground stems and forming large open or dense patches.

Growth Rate: Very slow.

Range: Southeastern United States south to the Monroe County Keys. In the Monroe County Keys, disjunct from Miami-Dade County to the pine rocklands of Big Pine Key.

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 Map of ZIP codes with habitat recommendations from the Monroe County Keys north to Martin and Charlotte counties.

Habitats: Pinelands and coastal thickets.

Soils: Moist to dry, well-drained sandy or limestone soils, without humus.

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: High; can tolerate moderate amounts of salt wind without significant injury.

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

Light Requirements: Full sun to light shade.

Flower Color: Creamy white.

Flower Characteristics: Semi-showy in terminal clusters.

Flowering Season: All year; peak spring-summer.

Fruit: Elliptical drupe. Edible.

Wildlife and Ecology: Provides significant food and some cover for wildlife. The flowers attract bees and butterflies. The fruits are highly attractive to wildlife.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed.

References: Nelson 2003, Schaefer & Tanner 1997

Comments: See also the Florida Wildflower Foundation's Flower Friday page.

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

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