Phoebanthus spp.

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Asteraceae (Compositae)

Also known as Phoebanthus grandiflorus, P. tenuifolius

Plant Specifics

Size:to 3 ft tall by to 1 ft wide
Life Span:Short-lived perennial
Flower Color:Yellow
Fruit Color:NA
Phenology:Winter dormant
Noted for:Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Wildflower garden.
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:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:Adaptable



Attracts birds when seeds are present.


Attracts bees and butterflies.

Native Habitats:Dry sites. Scrubby flatwoods, sandhill. P. grandifolorus: dry flatwoods.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:

Not typically available commercially.

One (P. tenuifolius) in the panhandle,the other on the peninsula.  P. tenuifolius is almost endemic (there is an outlying documented occurrence in Alabama).  It is listed as Threatened.

The other (P. grandifolia) is endemic and occurs mostly in the peninsula.