COASTALPLAIN STAGGERBUSH (Lyonia fruticosa)

WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: COASTALPLAIN STAGGERBUSH (Lyonia fruticosa)

Member of the heath family. important nectar source. (source:
http://www.sfrc.ufl.edu/Extension/florida_forestry_information/events_calendar/files/plant_id_workshop_booklet_pdf.pdf)

Also called rusty lyonia or rusty staggerbush. Outstanding feature is the pretty rust colored pubescense which coats the leaves of new growth. closely related to L. ferruginea which IFAS reports: “pubescence …reportedly works to protect new growth from harmful insects.” (source: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fp357) BUT, having seen a shrub completely defoliated by the larvae of the Datana sp. would seem to discount that theory.

Learn: http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/lyonia-fruticosa

Larval host: Prominent Moth Caterpillar (Datana spp.)

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Lyonia+fruticosa

Where does it grow in Florida? http://florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=679

My take: http://nativeplantwildlifegarden.com/the-garden-bells-are-ringing/

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