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PlantFiles: Florida Elephant's Foot, Tall Elephants Foot
Elephantopus elatus

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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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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:
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Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

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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.

Regional...

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

Alford, Florida
Apopka, Florida
Bartow, Florida
Keystone Heights, Florida
Melrose Park, Florida
Oldsmar, Florida
Bethlehem, North Carolina
Huntsville, Texas
Roman Forest, Texas



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