Piloblephis rigida

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Lamiaceae (Labiatae)

Plant Specifics

Size:1-2 ft tall by 1 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Lavender
Fruit Color:NA
Phenology:Evergreen. Blooms all year but most abundantly in spring.
Noted for:Aroma, fragrance, Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Wildflower garden, groundcover.
Considerations:Short-lived: it tends to die back after a few years.
Availability:FNPS plant sales
Light: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Somewhat 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:Acidic



Attracts butterflies and bees (Florida Wildflower Foundation Blog).  Documented bee visitors include Agapostemoiz splendens, Augochlorella aurata, Dialictus miiziatulus, D. nyinphalis and  Megachile brevis pseudobrevis (Deyrup et al. 2002).

Native Habitats:Scrubby flatwoods, scrub, dry flatwoods, dry prairie, sandhill, ruderal.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:This is nearly endemic to Florida (there are a few documented occurrences in southeastern Georgia).