Garberia heterophylla

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Asteraceae (Compositae)

Plant Specifics

Size:5 ft tall by 5 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Lavender
Phenology:Evergreen. Blooms late fall. Can live 25-50 years (Nelson 2003)
Noted for:Showy flowers, Showy fruits


Recommended Uses:Specimen or hedge plant. 
Availability:Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat long very dry periods ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat long very dry periods ----- 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:-
Soil pH:Acidic



Attracts butterflies and moths, bees, and other insects.  Documented bees include Colletes mandibularis, Agaposternon splendens, Augochlora pzcra, Augochlorella aurata, Augochloropsis rnetallica, Dialictus ~niniatulus, D. nymnphalis, D. placidensis, Anthidiellum notaturn rufimaculatum, Coelioxys mexicarza, C. sayi, Megachile merzdica, M. pruina, M. xylocopoides, Epeolus carolilzus, Bolnbzcs impatiens and Xylocopa virginica krombeini (Deyrup et al. 2002)

Native Habitats:Sandhill, open areas in xeric hammock, scrub, scrubby-sandhill, scrubby flatwoods.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:

Fruits are showy from mid-distance until spring.

Salt tolerance is unknown but given known locations for the plant, we assume it is likely to be low.