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PlantFiles: Butterfly Plant
Stigmaphyllon paralias

Family: Malpighiaceae
Genus: Stigmaphyllon (stig-muh-FIL-on) (Info)
Species: paralias

Synonym:Brachypterys paralias
Synonym:Brachypterys australis


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

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Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

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


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Monocromatico On Oct 1, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

This is a shrub, native from southeastern brazilian coastal areas. This is a variable plant, regarding the size, being ready to bloom both when itīs only 30cm tall and 2m tall. So, it will bloom even when itīs pretty young, I believe. One of the most atractive species from the Restinga biome.

It has medium to dark green leaves. The flowers come between late winter and early autumn. They are relatively large for the family, being around 3-5cm round, bright yellow, in clusters at the end of the branches. The sepals have swollen oil glands that offer a rich nutritional resource for certain species of bees. The fruits are winged, and fall spinning around like a propeller.

It likes full sun, but will tolerate some shade, specially when young, salty white sand soil, and regular watering. Needs high temperatures all the year

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