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|Life Span:||Short-lived perennial|
|Phenology:||Flowers late spring to early fall.|
|Noted for:||Aroma, fragrance, Showy flowers|
|Recommended Uses:||Wildflower. Can be used in informal gardens or as individual plants in ones with a more tended look.|
|Considerations:||Can get rangy and fall over, but trimming in early summer will keep it bushier.|
|Availability:||Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Seed|
always floodedextremely dry
|(Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)|
|Moisture Tolerance:||Not wet but not extremely dry ----- 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:||Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.|
|Soil or other substrate:||Sand|
|Soil pH:||Fairly broadly tolerant|
Attracts many bees, butterflies, and moths.
|Native Habitats:||Dry disturbed areas, old fields, and upper sand dunes.|
Distribution and Planting Zones
Natural Range in Florida
Suitable to grow in:
10A 8A 8B 9A 9B
USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures
|Ethnobotany:||Contains thymol, the same oil as thyme and oregano. It can be used as an American-grown substitute for those Mediterranean herbs, so plant in an herb garden or cottage garden.|
The showy part of this plant is the bracts which are pink to lavender. Flowers are actually small, whitish to yellowish, with purple spots.