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Bahama sachsia
Sachsia polycephala

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

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

Ecological Restoration Notes: It can be used as one of many understory herbs in pine rocklands.

Availability: Grown by enthusiasts.

Description: Small herb.

Dimensions: Basal rosette very short, to about 3 inches height; to 1 foot or more when in flower. Broader than tall except when in flower.

Growth Rate: Moderate.

Range: Monroe County Keys and Miami-Dade County; Bahamas. In the Monroe County Keys, disjunct from Miami-Dade County to the pine rocklands of Big Pine Key.

Plant Map Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

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

Habitats: Pine rocklands.

Soils: Moist, well-drained 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: Lilac.

Flower Characteristics: Inconspicuous.

Flowering Season: Fall-spring.

Fruit: Inconspicuous achene.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed.

Comments: It is listed as threatened by the state of Florida.

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Copyright by: Michelle M. Smith, 2018
In habitat, Florida City Pineland, Miami-Dade County, FL

Copyright by: Michelle M. Smith, 2018
In habitat, Florida City Pineland, Miami-Dade County, FL

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

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