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Forked bluecurls
Trichostema dichotomum
Lamiaceae
 

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

General Landscape Uses: Wildflower and rock gardens.

Availability: Native plant nurseries.

Description: Medium annual or short-lived perennial herbaceous wildflower.

Dimensions: About 12-18 inches in height. Usually about as broad as tall.

Growth Rate: Moderate to fast.

Range: Eastern and central North America west to Texas and south to Miami-Dade County and the Monroe County mainland; Bahamas.

Plant Map 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.

Habitats: Pinelands and open coastal uplands.

Soils: Moist, well-drained sandy or 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: High; can tolerate moderate amounts of salt wind without injury.

Drought Tolerance: High; does not require any supplemental water once established.

Light Requirements: Full sun.

Flower Color: Blue.

Flower Characteristics: Semi-showy.

Flowering Season: All year; peak summer-fall.

Fruit: Inconspicuous nutlet.

Wildlife and Ecology: Attracts many pollinators, but especially bees.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed.

Comments: See also the Florida Wildflower Foundation's Flower Friday page.


Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton


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