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Pitted stripeseed
Piriqueta cistoides subsp. caroliniana

Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida

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

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

Description: Small herbaceous wildflower.

Dimensions: About 4-8 inches in height. Usually taller than broad, but sometimes falling over and forming small patches.

Growth Rate: Fast.

Range: Southern United States south to the Monroe County Keys; West Indies. In the Monroe County Keys, apparently disjunct from Miami-Dade County to the pine rocklands of Big Pine Key; also collected once on Key Largo, but perhaps introduced there.

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Habitats: Pinelands, prairies and marshes.

Soils: Moist to seasonally wet, well- to moderately 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: Showy, about 3/4" wide.

Flowering Season: All year; peak spring-fall.

Fruit: Inconspicuous, globose 3-valved capsule containing light brown to gray pitted seeds.

Wildlife and Ecology: Larval host for Gulf fritillary butterflies. For an excellent article on uses by Gulf fritillary butterflies and other insects see this article by Rufino Osorio in The Palmetto.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed.

References: Hammer 2004

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

Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

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