General Landscape Uses:
Native plant nurseries. Available in Lake Worth at Indian Trails Native Nursery
(561-641-9488), in Groveland at Green Isle Gardens
(321-436-4932) and in Boynton Beach at Sustainscape
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.
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 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