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Tar Flower, Fly Catcher

Befaria racemosa

Family: Ericaceae (er-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Befaria (bee-FAR-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: racemosa (ray-see-MO-suh) (Info)



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

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)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

By air layering

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Avon Park, Florida

Brooker, Florida

Deland, Florida

Lake Wales, Florida

Venice, Florida

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 4, 2014, Rustypenny from Avon Park, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is the most beautiful shrub! It is 5 or 6 feet tall and probably as wide. It seems to send out a stem that lays across the sand and makes a new branch. It also produces a ton of seeds. I have not yet tried to plant any of the seeds. It blooms at the end of May or early June every year. It likes to be left to its own devices.


On Jul 30, 2003, ButterflyGardnr from Orlando, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

This is a truly beautiful little plant and the flowers are incredibly fragrant. I like them even more than gardenia or jasmine, but I have not yet had any luck with this plant. The first one I planted died within the first year. This second one is larger and planted in a different area of the yard, but is not faring well. It appears to be very sensitive about having an acidic soil. I have mostly slightly alkaline soil in the yard (pH 7-8) and tried altering the pH of my soil slightly with magnesium and alumninum sulfate about once a month. I also put some in the hole when I planted it. It doesn't seem to be helping. I was warned to keep it away from the house (it's concrete block) and any other concrete so that it wouldn't be affected by leaching calcium carbonate, which makes the ... read more