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Wild Pennyroyal, a captivating perennial herb that thrives in dry sandy habitats throughout Florida.

General Plant Information:

•Botanical Name: Piloblephis rigida

•Common Name: Wild Pennyroyal

•Native Range: Indigenous to Florida and other southeastern states, Wild Pennyroyal is well-adapted to dry sandy soils and can be found in habitats such as pine flatwoods, sandhills, and scrublands.

•Habitat: Preferring dry sandy soils, Piloblephis rigida can tolerate drought conditions and is often found in open, sunny areas with well-drained soils, adding fragrance and charm to the natural landscapes of North Florida.

•Size: This low-growing perennial herb typically reaches heights of 1 to 2 feet, with sprawling stems and small, oval-shaped leaves that release a delightful minty fragrance when crushed.

•Flowering Season: Blooming in late spring to early summer, Wild Pennyroyal produces clusters of tiny lavender to pink flowers, attracting pollinators such as bees and butterflies to the garden with their nectar-rich blooms.

Maintenance:

•Sunlight: Thriving in full sun to partial shade, Piloblephis rigida adapts well to a range of light conditions, making it suitable for various habitats, from sunny sandhills to partially shaded pine flatwoods.

•Watering: As a drought-tolerant species, Wild Pennyroyal prefers dry conditions and does not require supplemental watering once established, making it ideal for xeriscapes and native plant gardens in North Florida’s sandy habitats.

•Propagation: Piloblephis rigida can be propagated through seed or division of established clumps.

Benefits to Wildlife:

•Pollinator Attraction: The nectar-rich flowers of Wild Pennyroyal attract a variety of pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and other insects, contributing to the ecological richness and biodiversity of dry sandy habitats.

•Fragrance: The minty fragrance of Wild Pennyroyal leaves adds a refreshing aroma to the landscape, creating a sensory experience for visitors and wildlife alike in North Florida’s natural habitats.

•Medicinal Uses: In traditional herbal medicine, Pennyroyal has been used for its reputed medicinal properties, including its potential to alleviate digestive discomfort and relieve headaches, adding cultural significance to its ecological role.

Pennyroyal, Piloblephis rigida

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