Hardiness: USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 °C (-40 °F) USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 °C (-35 °F) USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F) USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F) USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) 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)
Other details: Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Soil pH requirements: 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral) 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets) From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
Seed Collecting: Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
This species is actually native to south Florida. It is found in moist sunny locations within Everglades National Park, including the portion south of Florida City. I've seen it growing in the Long Pine Key area within ENP. I did not realize this species had such a wide native range....up north!
On Apr 10, 2011, beachwalker520 from New Smyrna Beach, FL wrote:
This low maintenance plant will do well in full sun or morning sun in my area. When this is in bloom it makes me think of perky happy little faces .
The daily visiting sand hill cranes love to grab these plants by the dying brown blades and pull the plants out so remove old blades as soon as you can.
I bought the plants at a local garden center and was given the impression they multiplied by mounding. When I discovered new plants popping up around the pond in our common area I researched and saw they can scatter their seeds. Some of ours went over 250 feet.
On Jan 27, 2009, StolenMoments from Petersburg, IN wrote:
Lol... well I bought mine at Lowes... (maybe I should look my yard over this spring!) I loved it and it is so dainty and pretty in front of my mixed border. I have large rocks and it is a great fill around them. I divided with no problems and now have several starts off one 4 inch pot. Excellent in Indiana, mine is in part shade and doing well (even though it says full sun)
I discovered this wonderful little jewel growing wild in the yard. I carefully collected and replanted en masse. My husband thought I had lost my mind, but now admits it is eye-catching when in bloom. 8-)
Note: A couple of "clumps" are turning black. Has anyone seen this plant do this before? If so, did it die or regenerate. Thanks
On Apr 7, 2006, sheilalarry from Punta Gorda, FL wrote:
I bought some of these and have moved them around in my yard to find a spot where they would do well. They are now shaded by the house until late afternoon and thriving, with very little water needed. I also see some growing wild in some of the more neglected lawns in town here. Very pretty.
On Apr 26, 2002, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:
Plant grows well in shade; just a lessening of flowering. Leaves are evergreen, grass-like glaucous green. Great foliage effect for shade gardens.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Tuskegee, Alabama Vincent, Alabama Fayetteville, Arkansas Morrilton, Arkansas San Leandro, California Glencoe, Florida Jacksonville, Florida Kendall, Florida Keystone Heights, Florida Merritt Island, Florida The Villages, Florida Valparaiso, Florida Cornelia, Georgia Statham, Georgia Cherry Valley, Illinois Chicago, Illinois Mount Prospect, Illinois Petersburg, Indiana Barbourville, Kentucky Melbourne, Kentucky Lisbon, Maine Loch Lynn Heights, Maryland North Laurel, Maryland Brockton, Massachusetts Minneapolis, Minnesota Piedmont, Missouri Bigfork, Montana Frenchtown, New Jersey North Middletown, New Jersey Garden City Park, New York North Haven, New York Glen Raven, North Carolina Raleigh, North Carolina Glouster, Ohio Tulsa, Oklahoma Ashley, Pennsylvania Laflin, Pennsylvania Mc Kean, Pennsylvania Millersburg, Pennsylvania Conway, South Carolina East Sumter, South Carolina Seven Oaks, South Carolina Brighton, Tennessee Christiana, Tennessee Clarksville, Tennessee Austin, Texas Hutto, Texas Round Rock, Texas Uvalde, Texas Lexington, Virginia Kalama, Washington Port Townsend, Washington Vancouver, Washington