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Dicliptera brachiata

Branched Dicliptera, Branched foldwing

Acanthaceae (Acanthus Family)

Dicliptera brachiata (Branched dicliptera)
Marcus, Joseph A.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Ovate
Leaf Venation: Pinnate
Leaf Pubescence: Glabrous
Leaf Margin: Entire
Leaf Apex: Obtuse
Leaf Base: Rounded
Leaf Texture: Smooth
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Size Notes: 1-4 feet
Leaf: green
Flower: Flower to 2 cm long
Fruit: eeds brown 5-6 mm
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: AL , AR , FL , GA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MS , MO , NC , OK , SC , TN , TX , VA
Native Habitat: Shady moist areas

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Conditions Comments: This plant is happy in a nice woodland garden with bright light where it will bloom best. Tolerates full sun, but may get sunbleached unless kept well watered and in rich soil. Reseeds prolifically and can be somewhat pesky, so consider the most appropriate location for it.


Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Butterflies
Larval Host: Texan crescent

Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)

Dicliptera brachiata is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
Texan Crescent
(Anthanassa texana)

Larval Host
Learn more at BAMONA

Last Update: 2007-04-06