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Tea-blinkum, Sanddune cinchweed
Pectis glaucescens

Copyright by: Jimi Sadle, 2014
Everglades National Park, Florida

General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also wildflower and rock gardens.

Availability: Grown by enthusiasts and occasionally by native plant nurseries.

Description: Small wildflower with narrow blue-green leaves.

Dimensions: About 1-4 inches in height. Spreading and forming small patches broader than tall.

Growth Rate: Fast.

Range: Monroe County Keys north to Martin, Glades and Sarasota counties, then disjunct to Brevard, Polk and Hillsborough counties, where very rare; West Indies.

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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 dry disturbed sites.

Soils: Moist, 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: Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.

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

Light Requirements: Full sun.

Flower Color: Yellow.

Flower Characteristics: Semi-showy heads.

Flowering Season: All year; peak summer-fall.

Fruit: Inconspicuous achene.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed.

References: Hammer 2004

Comments: It can be a little weedy. The leaves have a lemonlike smell when crushed.

Copyright by: Jimi Sadle, 2014
Everglades National Park, Florida

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

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