Pineland Purple, False Vanillaleaf

Carphephorus odoratissimus var. subtropicanus

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Carphephorus (kar-fey-FOR-us) (Info)
Species: odoratissimus var. subtropicanus



Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


Unknown - Tell us


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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade



Bloom Color:



Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter



Other details:

This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Bristol, Florida

Homosassa, Florida

Trenton, Florida

Okatie, South Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 4, 2011, acfrancis from Trenton, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

I believe this is the plant growing in my woods. From the photos I have found on the web, it seems to be right. Only have one plant sighted so far, but it really caught my attention on the walk thru the woods. We are on the edge of the Waccassa Flats and have many piney woods in the area. I noticed it flowering in late summer.


On Dec 23, 2004, Floridian from Lutz, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Herbaceous perennial endemic to sandy flatwoods from central Florida south to Collier County. The rose purple flowers rise from a basal rosette to reach a height of 1-3 feet.


On Sep 22, 2004, NativePlantFan9 from Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

Pineland Purple or False Vanillaleaf is native to the pine flatwoods, palmetto prairies and possibly open fields and scrubby areas across southern and south-central Florida, spreading up the Florida west coast to near Homosassa Springs in the central half of Florida. It is an excellent native flowering plant with beautiful smallish deep purple to lavender and possibly violet flowers in clusters and a thin stem. Very beautiful as it seems to form purple (but spaced apart and isolated from eachother, but not extremely or very far) seas of purple flowers stretching across palmetto prairies, poking up from the saw palmettos, with a widely spaced overstory of slash or longleaf pines, allowing a high-to- medium amount of sunlight through. A great flowering native plant that may attract pollinati... read more