Lachnanthes caroliana

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

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

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Plant Specifics

Size:3 ft tall by 0.5 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White,yellow
Phenology:Winter dormant. Flowers summer-fall.
Habitats:Marshes, wet depressions, disturbed areas, cutthroat seeps, disturbed sites (dry muck), flatwoods.


Recommended Uses:Groundcover or mass planting in moist areas.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Stays Wet ----- to ----- Somewhat moist, no flooding
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
Soil/Substrate:Organic material (muck), Lime rock, Sand



This is a favorite food plant of feral hogs which will dig up large patches overnight.

Attracts bees, wasps, and butterflies. Documented bee species include Agapostemon splendens, Augochloropsis metallica, A. sumptuosa, Dialictus coreopsis, D. tamiamensis, Anthidiellum perplexum, Anthidium maculifroizs, Coelioxys dolichos, C. mexicana, C. octodentata, C. sayi, Megachile albitarsis, M. brevis pseudobreuis, M. georgica, M. inendica, M. petulans, M. texana, M. xylocopoides, Melissodes coinmunis, Apis mellifera, Bombus impatiens, B. pennsylvanicus, Xylocopa micans and X. virginica krom beini (Deyrup et al. 2002).