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Ovateleaf Indian Plantain
Also known as Cacalia ovata
|Size:||6-9 ft tall|
|Life Span:||Long-lived perennial|
|Noted for:||Showy flowers|
|Recommended Uses:||Moist meadows|
always floodedextremely dry
|(Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Somewhat moist, no flooding)|
|Moisture Tolerance:||Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Somewhat moist, no flooding|
|Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:||Unknown|
|Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:||Unknown|
|Soil or other substrate:||Loam, Sand|
|Native Habitats:||Wet flatwoods, savannas, acidic swamps|
Distribution and Planting Zones
Natural Range in Florida
Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 8A 8B 9A 9B
USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures
|Ethnobotany:||Had medicinal and culinary uses by indigenous peoples of N. America.|
The entire state excepting the keys falls within the range of this plant which extends from North Carolina to Texas.
Herbarium specimens document occurrence, at least sporatically, throughout the peninsula but not in the Florida keys. Counties without documented specimens are ones with heavy urbanization, dominance by unsuitable habitats, intensive farming or silviculture, or generally a lack of public access for botanizing.