Thalia geniculata

alligator flag, fireflag

Marantaceae

Synonyms:  Maranta geniculata

wildlife plant  


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Plant Specifics

Form: flower
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 6-9 ft    Width: 3-10 ft
Flower Color: flower color   flower color      blue,lavender
Phenology: winter dormant
Noted for: Showy flowers, interesting foliage

Landscaping

Recommended Uses: Used for wetland restoration. Attractive for planting in surface water management ponds.
Considerations: Dies back in the winter.
Propagation: Propagate from rhizomes or seed.
Availability: Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
moisture_bar
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam, organic material (muck)

Ecology

Wildlife:
wildlife plant  
Host plant for Brazilian Skipper (Calpodes ethlius). Provides hiding areas for water birds some of which hide their nests in patches of this tall plant.
Native Habitats: Marshes, swamps, roadside ditches. Usually in areas with relatively high nutrients and relatively high light. Rarely under a dense canopy.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range

USDA Zones:

Map is based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:
   8A,8B,9A,9B,10A,10B