Spacing: 24-36 in. (60-90 cm) 36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
Hardiness: 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
Bloom Color: White/Near White
Bloom Time: Blooms all year
Foliage: Evergreen Veined
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
I'm in my second year with it although they didn't survive the 1st winter here in containers. I re-purchased for my second year and they will be in the ground. I saw many of the smaller butterflies on it. I'll always have this plant in my garden.
I had noticed a sulpher butterfly using it as a nectar plant, so
I transplanted this plant from another location close to my home in Southwest Florida. If careful not to disturb roots, it will transplant well. It was slow-growing until it was established, then in about 2 years became a spreading bush. Prune back to keep it from spralling. Leaves will turn black if exposed to temperatures in the 30's.
On Mar 28, 2005, artcons from Fort Lauderdale, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:
I have only had this plant growing for six months. I have it planted on the east side of my Sable Palmento palm in the bed around the palm. It gets partial sun at best this time of the year and good water. It's doing just fine. I have Miami Blue butterflies in my yard and until this week have only seen them feed on Butterfly Needles/Shepherd's Needles (native weeds). Over the weekend I saw the Miami Blues feeding on this Scorpion tail.
The plant is a Florida native.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Cape Coral, Florida Cheval, Florida Cocoa West, Florida Kendall, Florida Kings Point, Florida Melrose Park, Florida Palm Bay, Florida Pembroke Pines, Florida Placida, Florida Siesta Key, Florida St Petersburg, Florida Vineyards, Florida Longview, Texas Palm Valley, Texas