Date Posted: Feb 05, 2016
Also known as largeflower jointweed, sandhill wireweed is a deciduous woody shrub that produces an abundance of spike-like flowering clusters.
Sandhill wireweed is mostly a summer and fall bloomer, with October being its most abundant blooming time, but many of these plants were blossoming last weekend at Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek Preserve State Park in Polk County. It occurs naturally in dunes, scrub and sandhills, and is primarily pollinated by bees. Its seeds are eaten by birds.
Sandhill wireweed is endemic to Florida. It occurs nowhere else in the world.
The genus name Polygonella (as well as the family name Polygonaceae) is derived from the Greek words poly, meaning “many” and goni, meaning “knee or joint.” This refers to the swollen nodes that many of the species in the family possess.
Read more about sandhill wireweed on our blog.
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