Cnidoscolus stimulosus

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Tread-Softly; Finger-rot


Plant Specifics

Size:1 (3) ft tall by .5-1 ft wide
Life Span:Annual
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:NA
Noted for:Showy flowers, Thorns


Recommended Uses:Wildflower garden.
Considerations:While this little plant has interesting foliage and white flowers, it also has stinging hairs. Weeding around this species, transplanting it, or walking on it would be unpleasant.
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:Moderate. Tolerant of salty wind and may get some salt spray. Exposure to salt spray would be uncommon (major storms).
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:



Attracts butterflies and other insects (

Native Habitats:Disturbed dry areas, scrub and scrubby flatwoods, sandhill.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:Perhaps best left to wildflower enthusiasts out to prove that they gan grow it!