Cnidoscolus stimulosus

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Tread-Softly; Finger-rot


Plant Specifics

Size:1 (3) ft tall by .5-1 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:NA
Phenology:Winter dormant. Blooms spring-summer.
Noted for:Showy flowers, Thorns


Recommended Uses:Wildflower garden.
Considerations:While this plant has interesting foliage and white flowers, it also has stinging hairs. Weeding around this species, transplanting it, or walking on it is be unpleasant unless gloves are worn.
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 can tolerate the pain of growing it!