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Piriqueta cistoides subsp. caroliniana

Family: Turneraceae
Genus: Piriqueta
Species: cistoides subsp. caroliniana


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From herbaceous stem cuttings
Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral olddude On Aug 13, 2011, olddude from Big Pine Key, FL (Zone 11) wrote:

"About 4-8 inches in height. Usually taller than broad, but sometimes falling over and forming small patches." this quote from the Institute for Regional Consevation.

Positive magnetFL On Mar 25, 2011, magnetFL from Lake Worth, FL wrote:

The images by MotherNature4 and JWharton are of Turnera ulmifolia, a shrubby plant characterized by leaves that bear two glands at the base of the leaf. Piriqueta is a perennial wildflower that does not become shrubby and its leaves lack glands. The first propagation method listed in the plant profile above (dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms, or bulbs) will not work because Piriqueta lacks rhizomes, tubers, corms, or bulbs. The seed collecting method listed above won't work. Piriqueta has capsules that explosively hurl the seeds away from the mother plant, which makes collecting seeds very difficult. Piriqueta is a lovely wildflower that is very easy to grow in moist but well-drained soil in a sunny position. It is very drought tolerant once established and is usually not bothered by insect pests; however, gulf fritillary butterflies are sometimes a problem since they readily lay their eggs on Piriqueta and the caterpillars can decimate a large group of plants in a short time. Although, if one is trying to garden for butterflies, then this would be a positive feature. Butterfly gardeners usually plant passion vines for gulf fritillary butterflies but Piriqueta is much more attractive to these butterflies and is by far their favorite caterpillar host plant.

Positive JWharton On Sep 16, 2009, JWharton from The Villages, FL wrote:

An evergreen year round flowering shrub that tolerates the intense sun and heat of central Florida. I am surprised that this flowering shrub isn't seen in more gardens. It's a user friendly flower that really is easy to please and rewards one with brilliant yellow flowers.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Bartow, Florida
Big Pine Key, Florida
Lady Lake, Florida
Largo, Florida
Trenton, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida

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