Elephantopus elatus

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

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

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Asteraceae (Compositae)

Plant Specifics

Size:2.0-3.5 ft tall by .75-1.5 ft wide
Life Span:Short-lived perennial
Flower Color:White,lavender
Phenology:Overwinters as a basal rosette. Flowers spring-fall.
Habitats:Flatwoods, sandhill, ruderal areas, cutthroat seep, wet prairie.


Recommended Uses:Meadows and wildflower gardens.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray



Attracts various pollinators, especially bees..  Documented native bees include Azcgochlora pura, Augochlorella aurata, Azegochloropsis metallica, Anthidiellum perplexurn, Megachile albitarsis, M. brevis pseudobrevis and M. xylocopoides (Deyrup et al. 2002).

Attracts butterflies including skippers, swallowtails, and hairstreaks.