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Florida Hedgenettle, Florida Betony
|Size:||.7 to 1.7 ft tall by .25 to .5 ft wide|
|Life Span:||Long-lived perennial|
|Noted for:||Showy flowers|
|Recommended Uses:||In a meadow, where its aggressiveness is an asset. Can be a low maintenance roadside plant. Difficult to recommend for most landscape uses.|
|Considerations:||Quite aggressive in the landscape and difficult to get rid of because of its deep tubers.|
|Propagation:||Virtually all spread is by tuber.|
|Light:||Full Sun, Part Shade, Shade|
always floodedextremely dry
|(Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)|
|Moisture Tolerance:||Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry|
|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:||Loam, Sand|
Attracts bees and butterflies.
|Native Habitats:||Moist-wet disturbed sites. Flatwoods.|
Distribution and Planting Zones
Natural Range in Florida
Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 8A 8B 9A 9B
USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures
The tuber of this plant is edible and very crisp; it adds texture to salads. The tuber has a segmented appearance reminiscent of a rattlesnake tail.
This plant can be mowed and used in a "freedom lawn" but be aware that it spreads.
The plant was considered to be a Florida endemic but began to spread in the 1940s and 1950s. It is known as an aggressive weed in most areas outside of Florida.