Bejaria racemosa

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Tarflower, Flyweed


Also known as Befaria racemosa

Plant Specifics

Size:6 to 8 ft tall by 4 to 6 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White,pink
Fruit Color:Black
Phenology:Evergreen. Blooms spring-summer.
Noted for:Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Naturalistic settings. Conserve in residual natural settings if possible.
Propagation:Seeds and cuttings.
Availability:Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Very 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
Soil pH:



Bees and flies are attracted to the flowers, and are often caught on the sticky flowers. 

Native bee visitors include sweat,  resin, leaf-cutter, and bumble bees.


Native Habitats:Dry sites. Scrubby flatwoods, scrub.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

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

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:

The scientific name Befaria racemosa was apparently an early transcription error. The genus is named after an 18th century Spanish botanist by the name of Bejar.

Documented bees include Agapostemon splendens, Augochlorella aurata, A. gratiosa, Augochloropsis sumptuosa, Anthidiellum perplexum, Anthidium maculifrons, Megachile brevis pseudobrevis, M. mendica, M. petulans, Bombus impatiens and B. pennsylvanicus (Deyrup et al. 2002).