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•Status in Florida: Native

•Size at Maturity: Vanillaleaf Plant typically grows as a perennial herbaceous plant, reaching heights of about 1 to 3 feet tall.

•Phenology: Perennial herb with clusters of small pink to purple flowers that bloom in late summer to fall.

•Life Cycle: Perennial

•Bloom Season: Late summer to fall

•Deciduous, Dioecious, Evergreen: Deciduous

•Sunlight Requirements: Full sun to partial shade

•Soil Texture: Well-drained sandy or loamy soils; tolerant of various soil types

•Soil pH: Tolerant of a wide range, but prefers slightly acidic to neutral (pH 5.5-7.0)

•Moisture Requirements: Tolerant of drought once established; prefers moderately moist soil

•Tolerance to Salt Spray: Low tolerance

•Recommended Landscape Uses: Native plant gardens, butterfly gardens, pollinator gardens, naturalized areas

•Maintenance Tips: Low maintenance; deadhead spent flowers to prolong blooming period; may benefit from division every few years to maintain vigor

•Considerations: Vanillaleaf Plant is highly attractive to pollinators, especially butterflies, and provides important habitat and food for various wildlife species.

•Deer and/or Rabbit Resistance: Moderately resistant; typically not preferred by deer or rabbits

•Edible: While not typically consumed by humans, Vanillaleaf Plant is valued as an ornamental plant and is not considered edible.

•Medicinal Uses: Historically used by Native American tribes for various medicinal purposes, including as a treatment for respiratory ailments.

•Toxicity to Pets: Not known to be toxic to pets, but ingestion of large quantities of plant material may cause gastrointestinal upset.

•Florida Native Companion Plant: Vanillaleaf Plant is often found growing alongside other native plants in various habitats, including species such as Goldenrod (Solidago spp.) and Aster (Symphyotrichum spp.).

•Wildlife Benefit: Attracts pollinators such as butterflies; provides habitat and food for insects and other wildlife.

Vanillaleaf Plant - Carphephorus odoratissimus


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