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Poorman’s-patch, Stickleaf
Mentzelia floridana
Loasaceae
 

Copyright by: Chuck McCartney

General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Because it is weedy and easily spread it is not recommended for general landscape use.

Ecological Restoration Notes: Although rare, it is typically weedy in disturbed sites undergoing restoration.

Availability: Rarely grown by enthusiasts.

Description: Small perennial herbaceous wildflower.

Dimensions: About 1-3 feet in height, sometimes scrambling higher in other vegetation.

Growth Rate: Fast.

Range: Peninsular Florida, primarlity along the coast; Bahamas.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Beach dunes and coastal strand.

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

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: 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.

Flower Color: Yellow.

Flower Characteristics: Showy.

Flowering Season: All year.

Comments: All parts of the plant are covered with tiny sticky hooks that easily attach themselves to clothing and even bare skin.


Copyright by: Chuck McCartney

Copyright by: Chuck McCartney

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer


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