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Boerhavia diffusa



Florida native


A frequent plant of dry disturbed sites throughout much of Florida. The range includes the southeastern coastal sates from North Carolina to Alabama, plus Louisiana, Texas, California, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and other parts of the world.
A sprawling or ascending perennial with slender stems to 1m (3 ft.) tall or more. Leaves are opposite and ovoid, mostly on the lower parts of the plant. Flowers are minute, with inconspicuous bracts. Flowers lack petals, the calyx tube is glandular with five lobes and three stamens.
This is one of the host plants for the spiderling plume moth.
For more on red spiderling, read this Treasure Coast Natives blog post. View online purchase options for Spiderling Plume Moth on Wineflower by Paul Rebmann

Boerhavia diffusa is a member of the Nyctaginaceae - Four o'clock family.

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  Robert G. Haehle; Joan Brookwell
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Native landscapes are easier to maintain, use less water and thrive without chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Native Florida Plants describes every type of regional flora—-from seaside foliage and wildflowers to grassy meadows, shrubs, vines, and aquatic gardens—-in 301 profiles and accompanying color photographs.

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