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Befaria racemosa

Family: Ericaceae (er-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Befaria (bee-FAR-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: racemosa (ray-see-MO-suh) (Info)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 positive
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Rustypenny On Jun 4, 2014, Rustypenny from Avon Park, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is the most beautiful shrub! It is 5 or 6 feet tall and probably as wide. It seems to send out a stem that lays across the sand and makes a new branch. It also produces a ton of seeds. I have not yet tried to plant any of the seeds. It blooms at the end of May or early June every year. It likes to be left to its own devices.

Negative ButterflyGardnr On Jul 30, 2003, ButterflyGardnr from Orlando, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

This is a truly beautiful little plant and the flowers are incredibly fragrant. I like them even more than gardenia or jasmine, but I have not yet had any luck with this plant. The first one I planted died within the first year. This second one is larger and planted in a different area of the yard, but is not faring well. It appears to be very sensitive about having an acidic soil. I have mostly slightly alkaline soil in the yard (pH 7-8) and tried altering the pH of my soil slightly with magnesium and alumninum sulfate about once a month. I also put some in the hole when I planted it. It doesn't seem to be helping. I was warned to keep it away from the house (it's concrete block) and any other concrete so that it wouldn't be affected by leaching calcium carbonate, which makes the soil alkaline. It's a great plant if you have the right conditions for it.


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

Avon Park, Florida
Brooker, Florida
Deland, Florida
Lake Wales, Florida
Venice, Florida

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