General Landscape Uses:
Accent grass. Massing groundcover in open, dry areas. Also wildflower and rock gardens.
Widely cultivated. Available in Homestead at Plant Creations Inc.
Medium herbaceous grass
About 2-3 feet in height; to 4 feet when in flower. About as broad as tall.
Monroe and Miami-Dade counties, and rare in Martin and Collier counties; West Indies (Cuba, Hispaniola). In the Monroe County Keys, disjunct from Miami-Dade County to the pine rocklands of Big Pine Key.
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.
Pine rocklands and marl prairies.
Moist, well-drained 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.
Anthers orange, stigma purple.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Birds eat the fruits.
Can be grown from seed and division.
It is listed as endangered by the state of Florida.