Carphephorus odoratissimus

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Vanilla-plant, Deer's Tongue, Florida Paintbrush

Asteraceae (Compositae)

Plant Specifics

Size:to 4 ft
Life Span:Short-lived perennial
Flower Color:Purple,lavender
Fruit Color:White
Phenology:Winter dormant
Noted for:Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Wildflower garden or meadow..
Propagation:Seed. Mature specimens will add "pups" next to the main rosette, so over time individuals will slowly spread in the landscape.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
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:



  • Attracts many butterflies (NSIS), bees and other pollinators. 
  • Documented bees include Augochlorella aurata, Dianthidium floridiense, Coelioxys octodentata, C. sayi, Megachile albitarsis, M. inimica and Bombus pennsylvanicus (Deyrup et al. 2002).

Native Habitats:Hydric to mesic pine flatwoods, cutthroat seeps, sandhills, flatwoods, bogs, pond margins.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures