Garberia (Garberia heterophylla)
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Garberia is a member of the Eupatorieae tribe of the Aster family, whose members produce flowers consisting of only disk and no ray florets. It is unlike most Aster species in that its growth habit is woody and shrubby rather than herbaceous.
Garberia’s inflorescences are large, showy clusters of pink to purple flowers. Individual disk florets are tubular and have conspicuously extended styles. Leaves are alternately arranged and oval to obovate with entire margins and a distinctly grayish-green hue. Bark is also grayish in color.
Garberia is endemic to Florida’s north and central peninsula, and occurs naturally in scrub and xeric hammocks. It is a state-listed threatened species.
Garberia typically flowers in late fall, but has been known to flower throughout the year. It is an excellent nectar source for many butterflies and bees.
Family: Asteraceae (Aster, daisy or composite family)
Native range: Central Florida
To see where natural populations of Garberia have been vouchered, visit florida.plantatlas.usf.edu.
Soil: Well-drained, acidic soil
Exposure: Full sun to minimal shade
Growth habit: 1-5’ feet tall with equal spread
Garden tips: Garberia works well in dry, sunny areas and works well as a border planting. In normal conditions, it is evergreen and is particularly long-lived. It is drought-tolerant and, once established, requires little to no irrigation.
Garberia is often available at nurseries that specialize in native plants. Visit PlantRealFlorida.org to find a native nursery on your area.