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Emilia fosbergii

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Emilia (ih-MEE-lee-uh) (Info)
Species: fosbergii (fos-BER-gee-eye) (Info)

8 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive DonFtMyers On Mar 12, 2012, DonFtMyers from Fort Myers, FL wrote:

This wildflower has been growing naturally in my urban yard for at least the last 58 years. It provides a nice splash of red.

Positive Kameha On Jul 13, 2005, Kameha from Kissimmee, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

This weed has been in my yard since I moved here but I thought nothing of it and carelessly plucked them out of the ground. However this winter I noticed how much the butterflies love them! The monarchs and queens actually flock to this flower more than they do to my milkweed! So now I love this flower, and I'm going to transplant it into my butterfly garden.

Not native to Florida, it is thought to be native to east or central Africa.

Positive JaxFlaGardener On Mar 18, 2005, JaxFlaGardener from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

I tend to leave this "weed" to grow where it will. I enjoy the small, bright red dot that it provides amongst other plant groupings. It is especially welcome in my patch of dianthus (pinks) as an occasional accent of red. I've even transplanted some of these plants successfully to add to my collection of red flowering plants in the hummingbird garden.

I think it has potential for development as an ornamental plant. If the size of the flower head could be increased through selective breeding, it would make an interesting and unusually shaped red flower.

Positive crimsontsavo On Mar 6, 2005, crimsontsavo from Crossville, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

This is a happy carefree plant that showed up in our gardens last year. The butterflies just adore it.
Seems to preferr full sun and little care. Does well in sandy soils as well as in rich composte.


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

Bartow, Florida (2 reports)
Boca Raton, Florida
Bradley, Florida
Deland, Florida
Eustis, Florida
Fort Myers, Florida
Fort Pierce, Florida
Fountain, Florida
Hawthorne, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Kissimmee, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
Oviedo, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
Sebring, Florida
Summerfield, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida

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