General Landscape Uses:
Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also wildflower gardens.
Ecological Restoration Notes:
A critically imperiled element of the South Florida flora, which would benefit from both habitat restoration and population augmentations.
Rarely grown by enthusiasts and at botanical gardens.
Small herbaceous wildflower.
About 3-9 inches in height. Spreading and forming small open patches broader than tall.
Peninsular Florida, mostly along the eastern coast from northern Miami-Dade County to Volusia County.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Primarily open, coastal strand.
Moist, well-drained sandy soils, without humus.
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:
High; can tolerate moderate amounts of salt wind without injury.
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Small pod (legume).
Can be grown from seed.
For more information, visit our Floristic Inventory of South Florida Database Online
. See also Florida Natural Areas Inventory's Field Guide to the Rare Plants of Florida
page (Chafin 2000).