Miconia bicolor

Florida Tetrazygia, West Indian-lilac, Florida Clover Ash

Melastomataceae

Also known as Tetrazygia bicolor

Plant Specifics

Form:Shrub
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Brown
Phenology:Evergreen
Noted for:Showy flowers, Interesting foliage

Landscaping

Recommended Uses:Specimen plant. Grown for its showy flowers and shiny dark green leaves with white underside. Also works for screen (hedge) and foundation planting.
Propagation:Seed, de-pulped.
Availability:Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Seed
Light: Full Sun
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:Humus (organic, upland), Lime rock
Soil pH:Calcareous (high pH) but adaptable

Ecology

Wildlife:
 

Fruits used by birds.  

Insects:
 

Insect pollinated, largely by bees.

Native Habitats:Pine rockland, tropical rockland hammock. Disturbed areas.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10B 11 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Comments

Ethnobotany:Edible fruits.
General Comments:Threatened in the State of Florida.  Please acquire plants from reputable sources with any needed permits.