Distribution Map: Based on vouchered plant specimens from wild populations. Cultivated occurrences are not mapped. View county names by placing the cursor over the map. Show these synonyms only. Category I - Species that are invading and disrupting native plant communities in Florida.
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Natives For Your Neighborhood Conservation of rare plants, animals, and ecosystems. Natives For Your Neighborhood is a labor of love and commitment. If you use this website, help us maintain and grow it with your tax-deductible donation. Copyright by : Roger L. General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also butterfly gardens. Ecological Restoration Notes: An occasional and somewhat weedy understory herb in coastal hammocks and thickets.
Availability: Native plant nurseries in south and central Florida. Description: Medium, short-lived herbaceous shrub-like wildflower. Dimensions: Typically feet in height. Usually taller than broad, but sometimes spreading or falling over and broader than tall.
Growth Rate: Fast. Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida. Habitats: Hammocks and disturbed sites. Soils: Moist, well-drained to moderately well-drained sandy or limestone soils, with humusy top layer. Nutritional Requirements: Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive. Salt Water Tolerance: Moderate; tolerates brackish water or occasional inundation by salt water.
Salt Wind Tolerance: Moderate; grows near salt water, but is protected from direct salt spray by other vegetation. Drought Tolerance: Moderate; generally requires moist soils, but tolerant of short periods of drought once established.
Light Requirements: Light shade to full sun. Flower Color: White. Flower Characteristics: Showy. Flowering Season: All year. Fruit: Inconspicuous aggregate of 4 nutlets. Wildlife and Ecology: Nectar plant for Bahamian swallowtail Heraclides andraemon , cassius blue Leptotes cassius , Florida white Appias drusilla , gray hairstreak Strymon melinus , great southern white Ascia monuste , gulf fritillary Agraulis vanilla , Miami blue Cyclargus thomasi bethunebakeri , queen Danaus gilippus , rudy daggerwing Marpesia petreus , Schaus' swallowtail Heraclides aristodemus and other butterflies.
Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed. Comments: Recruits readily from seed in the garden, but rarely becomes a weed. Copyright by : George D.
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Find Native Plants! Acknowledgements and past sponsors. Become a sponsor! Native Choice Nursery. Pro Native Consulting. Scorpionstail Heliotropium angiospermum Boraginaceae. Hammer General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.
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I found this plant as a volunteer in one of my containers that I bought from Austin. I held off on pulling it before I could identify it, as it has lovely flowers. Luckily, it is native to Texas, albeit in the very southernmost few counties. Good enough for me! The profile for this plant says that it's suitable for xeriscaping, but I have not found this to be true, at least not for the individuals I have.
Published by Daniel Mosquin on February 12, If you are looking for a way to put off whatever you are supposed to be doing for a few more minutes, do visit Kenneth's Flickr sets for intriguing images of insects in addition to his many botanical photos. Thanks Kenneth! Tags: Boraginaceae , Boraginales , via Flickr. I chose to feature this photograph because of the beautiful spiral formed by the unfurling inflorescence. It reminds me of many a grade-school math book.
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