General Landscape Uses:
Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also wildflower gardens.
Grown by enthusiasts.
Small herbaceous wildflower.
About 3-9 inches in height. Spreading and forming small open patches broader than tall.
Southeastern United States south to Miami-Dade and Collier counties. Very rare and sporadic in South Florida outside of Miami-Dade County. In Broward County, known only from Hillsboro Pineland Natural Area.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Map of suggested ZIP codes north to Indian River and Manatee counties.
Map of ZIP codes with habitat recommendations north to Martin and Charlotte counties.
Moist, well-drained sandy or limestone 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:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
White to pink.
Small pod (legume).
Wildlife and Ecology:
Larval host plant for northern cloudywing (Thorybes pylades).
Can be grown from seed.
Miami-Dade County Landscape Manual (2005)