Miconia bicolor

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Florida Tetrazygia, West Indian-lilac, Florida Clover Ash


Also known as Tetrazygia bicolor

Plant Specifics

Size:10-30 ft
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Brown
Phenology:Evergreen. Blooms late spring into summer.
Noted for:Showy flowers, Interesting foliage


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:Slightly acidic



Fruits used by birds.  


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


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