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PlantFiles: Florida Greeneyes
Berlandiera subacaulis

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Berlandiera (ber-lan-dee-AIR-uh) (Info)
Species: subacaulis (sub-a-KAW-liss) (Info)

One member has or wants this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

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


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
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; direct sow after last frost

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

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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral sandilands On Nov 21, 2013, sandilands from Hobe Sound, FL wrote:

Joycesw, try UF nursery (next to their butterfly garden) for B subacaulis FL greeneyes. Now is UF nursery quieter time, but I got a few there, am planning to get more when avail.

Positive JoyceSw On Mar 24, 2013, JoyceSw from FORT MC COY, FL wrote:

This plant is blooming in the Ocala Forest, Salt Springs. I saw several scattered plants in an area near FR 11 and 314. March 23, 2013

Positive FL_Gator On Nov 29, 2002, FL_Gator from Dunnellon, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have this plant in the garden. It came up wild, and I encourage it to grow here. It is not invasive, but does self sow some. One major plus for this plant is that it is a source of reliable late fall through winter into spring bloom. Sometimes, it throws blooms in the summer.

Neutral Floridian On Apr 13, 2002, Floridian from Lutz, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Florida Greeneyes is a Florida native and a member of the aster family. It has simple or compound, alternate or opposite leaves. The flowers are small, about 1 inch across, are radially symmetrical and the flowers are cupped by a ring of green bracts. This plant is generally found in pinelands and dry disturbed areas throughout the state. Florida Greeneyes is a good bedding plant to attract butterflies


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

Bartow, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fort Mc Coy, Florida
Largo, Florida
Lecanto, Florida
Sarasota, Florida

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