General Landscape Uses:
Native plant nurseries. Available in Lake Worth at Indian Trails Native Nursery
(561-641-9488) and at Amelia's SmartyPlants
(561-540-6296)., in Boynton Beach at Sustainscape
(561-245-5305), and in Groveland at Green Isle Gardens
Medium to large herbaceous wildflower.
About 2-4 feet in height. Generally taller than broad.
Generally considered native to the southeastern United States and tropical America; now widely cultivated and naturalized in the tropics and subtropics.
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.
Hammocks and disturbed sites, including along the coast.
Moist, well-drained sandy soils, with humusy top layer.
Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.
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.
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Full sun to light shade.
All year; peak in spring.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Nectar plant for butterflies and hummingbirds. Provides nectar, seeds and insects for other birds.
Can be grown from seed.
See also the Florida Wildflower Foundation's Flower Friday