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Catesbaea parviflora

Family: Rubiaceae
Genus: Catesbaea (KAYTS-bee-a) (Info)
Species: parviflora (par-VEE-flor-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Catesbaea campanulata

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive olddude On Aug 2, 2011, olddude from Big Pine Key, FL (Zone 11) wrote:

Found in pine rocklands on Big Pine Key.

Positive NativePlantFan9 On Oct 10, 2004, NativePlantFan9 from Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

Native to the Florida Keys. Listed as endangered by the state of Florida due to development and habitat destruction. Found in dry areas on coastal dunes and sandy areas and keys. Grows as a shrub, up to near a small tree status. Other details unknown so far. Has small white flowers and small, thorny leaves.

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