Common Name: Tall Elephantsfoot
Latin Name: Elephantopus elatus
Habit: A perennial wildflower that grows to a height of about 2 – 3 feet when in bloom.
Leaves: This wildflower has mostly basal leaves that are wide with toothed margins. Any stem leaves are alternate, oblong to ovate, sessile, with hairs.
Flowers: Tiny, pale lavender, flowers appear in the summer and fall.
Habitat: In occurs naturally in moist to dry pinelands, openings in oak hammocks, and disturbed sites.
Landscape: It grows in part shade with average to dry soils. It dies back in the winter and in spring the basal leaves start to form again.
Range: It is native to Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina.
Wildlife use: Bees, butterflies, and wasps use the flowers as a nectar source.