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PlantFiles: 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

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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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


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


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

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3 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive acfrancis 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.

Positive Floridian 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.

Positive NativePlantFan9 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 pollinating insects or butterflies!


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

Bristol, Florida
Homosassa, Florida
Trenton, Florida
Okatie, South Carolina

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