Florida Elephant's Foot, Tall Elephants Foot
Elephantopus elatus

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Elephantopus (el-eh-fun-TOE-pus) (Info)
Species: elatus (el-AH-tus) (Info)

Category:

Perennials

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

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)

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:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Violet/Lavender

Purple

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

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)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Alford, Florida

Apopka, Florida

Bartow, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Fort White, Florida

Keystone Heights, Florida

Oldsmar, Florida

Reidsville, North Carolina

Huntsville, Texas

New Caney, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jan 4, 2015, dustyshoes from Fort White, FL wrote:

Found on my property in Fort White, Florida. I have been wanting to know the name of this plant for over 10 years. I finally found a picture of it in "The Guide to Florida Wildflowers" by Walter Kingsley Taylor. It grows in the shady areas amongst sweet gum, sassafras, and various types of oak (live oak, laurel oak, turkey oak). If is very prolific. Still wondering if the leaves, roots, or flowers are edible.

Neutral

On Jul 25, 2004, xyris from Sebring, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Elephantopus elatus is also found in the drier, sandy soil types of pine savannas and dry prairies, as well as scrubby flatwoods and some dry live oak hammocks, and is very common in central Florida. It is found in areas with evergreen as well as deciduous trees.

Positive

On Jul 24, 2004, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

The pubescent basal leaves may remind one of the shape and size of an elephant's foot. The flowering scape has tiny heads of lavendar pink, tubular flowers that are surrounded by 3 leafy bracts.

It is commonly found in the drier deciduous forests of north and central Florida.