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Slimpod, Fringed Bluestar, Blue Dogbane
|Size:||2-3 ft tall by 2-3 ft wide|
|Life Span:||Short-lived perennial|
|Noted for:||Fall color, Showy flowers|
|Recommended Uses:||Wildflower garden. Blooms late spring. Fall foliage color is orange-yellow.|
|Propagation:||Grow from seed or division. Prune to 10 inches after flowering.|
|Light:||Full Sun, Part Shade|
always floodedextremely dry
|(Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods)|
|Moisture Tolerance:||Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods|
|Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:||Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.|
|Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:||Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray|
|Soil or other substrate:||Sand|
Avoided by mammalian herbivores.
The flowers attract long-tongued insects such as carpenter bees, hummingbird moths, and butterflies. Ruby-throated hummingbirds are also attracted to the nectar. Not known to be a larval plant for monarch butterflies.
|Native Habitats:||Flatwoods, chalky hills.|
Distribution and Planting Zones
Natural Range in Florida
Suitable to grow in:
USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures
|General Comments:||The blue tubular flower opens into 5 petal-like lobes with a white center. Several blossoms grow in a loose cluster. Narrow seed pods and dark yellow fall color make this an attractive garden plant.|