Trichostema dichotomum

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Forked Bluecurls

Lamiaceae (Labiatae)

Plant Specifics

Size:2-3 ft tall by 1-2 ft wide
Life Span:Annual
Flower Color:Blue
Fruit Color:NA
Noted for:Aroma, Fragrance, Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Wildflower garden. Appreciated for its interesting flowers and nectar plant. Grow as an annual.
Considerations:May seed overly enthusiastically.
Availability:Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Seed
Light: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
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:Moderate. Tolerant of salty wind and may get some salt spray. Exposure to salt spray would be uncommon (major storms).
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:Adaptable



Attracts various pollinators, especially bees..  Documented bees include Caupolicana electa and  Dialictus placidensis (Deyrup et al. 2002).

Native Habitats:Scrub, xeric hammock, overgrown sandhill, flatwoods.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:

Noted for fragrance.  Trichostema setaceum is similar but less common in central and southern Florida.