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PlantFiles: 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)

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


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:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive dustyshoes 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 xyris 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 MotherNature4 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.


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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