Height: 24-36 in. (60-90 cm) 36-48 in. (90-120 cm) 4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
Spacing: 24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
Hardiness: 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: Full Sun Sun to Partial Shade
Danger: Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Bloom Color: Pale Yellow
Bloom Time: Late Winter/Early Spring Mid Spring Late Spring/Early Summer Mid Summer Late Summer/Early Fall Mid Fall Late Fall/Early Winter
Other details: May be a noxious weed or invasive This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Soil pH requirements: 4.5 or below (very acidic) 4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic) 5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic) 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic) 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: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: From semi-hardwood cuttings From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
Seed Collecting: Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
This plant grows in the eastern part of Texas and is a host plant for the common checkered butterfly. I've got hundreds growing on my property and have seen many common checkered butterflies in my yard and have found caterpillars on the plant. It's also called arrowleaf sida, Indian hemp, and cuban jute,
On Jan 27, 2008, losmilagros from Loxahatchee, FL wrote:
Atibala, Athiballached, Bala, Kehetara-ubal-dana, Khangi, Kheriti, Kisangihettutti-gida, Kotikanbevila, Kulbahebari, Kurunthotti, Lalbariela, Mahabala, Mayir manikkam, Mutheera pulagam, Sadeva, Sap-devi, Shamblidebari, Sirramutti, Svetberela, Tupkadi, Vadha, Velluram, Yellow barleria
Action & Uses in Ayruveda & Siddha
Mathura tikta rasam, seetha veeryam, mathura vipakam, snigdam, tridosha haram, nutritive, tonic, asthi jwaram, excess pittam, good for eyes, used for preparing tailams. Seeds are used in gonorrhoea.
Action & Uses in Unani
Leaves and roots are used, piles, gonorrhoea, anti-soud, diuretic, aphrodisiac.
Root of these herbs are held in great repute in treatment of rheumatism. Stems abound in mucilage and are employed as demulcents and emollients both for external and internal use. The herb is also useful in calculous troubles and as a febrifuge with pepper. Mucilage is used for scorpion sting.
On Jul 23, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:
An ordinary herb, common in abandoned places, often invasive (like in my case). The flower is somewhat remarkable, though small, with assimetric yellow petals. Other species have a dark spot in the middle of the flower, but S. rhombifolia do not, which helps on the identification. The fruits split in many pieces (mericarps), each one containing one seed that will most likely germinate anywhere. Once a single plant starts producing seeds, it´s almost impossible to get rid of it, unless you change the soil (and even changing the soil may bring other seeds within the earth - the way I got my one).
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Cheval, Florida Jacksonville, Florida Kings Point, Florida Loxahatchee, Florida North De Land, Florida Pensacola, Florida Sarasota, Florida Tallahassee, Florida Spring, Texas