Florida Paintbrush

Florida paintbrush (Carphephorus corymbosus)
Florida paintbrush (Carphephorus corymbosus)

Common Name: Florida paintbrush

Latin Name: Carphephorus corymbosus


Habit:  A perennial wildflower that grows to a height of three feet when in bloom.  

Leaves:  When not in bloom the leaves form a basal rosette of spatulate leaves.  The stem leaves are alternate and elliptic in shape. 

Flowers:  Purple flowers appear in late summer and early fall with some occasionally blooming into early winter.

Habitat:  Pinelands and dry habitats.

Landscape:  It grows in full sun to part shade with average to dry soils.

Range:  It is native to Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

It grows in zones 8a to 10b.

Wildlife use:  Florida paintbrush is a favorite nectar plant for butterflies and bees! 

Propagation: It can be grown from seed as well as being transplanted.  When transplanting it is best to remove any blooms so the plant can use that energy to recover from the move.

Florida paintbrush (Carphephorus corymbosus)
Florida paintbrush (Carphephorus corymbosus)

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