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Dyschoriste oblongifolia (Michx.) Kuntze
Oblongleaf Snakeherb, Twin Flower
Acanthaceae (Acanthus Family)
Synonym(s): Ruellia oblongifolia
USDA Symbol: DYOB
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
The Twin Flower is a member of the acanthus family (family Acanthaceae) which includes herbs or shrubs with seeds borne on a characteristic hooked projection.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 1 foot tall.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
Bloom Notes: Lavender. Year round flowering in Florida, heaviest in May.
DistributionUSA: AL , FL , GA , SC , VA
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Native ground cover to replace grass in Florida.
February 04, 2008
Where can I find a list of ground covers to replace my grass. I live in the south of Ocala Florida.
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Web ReferenceWebref 57 - Atlas of Florida Plants (2020) Institute for Systematic Botany
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Research LiteratureReslit 517 - Dyschoriste oblongifolia Twinflower (2007) E. F. Gilman
Reslit 750 - Ground cover recovery patterns and life-history traits: implications for restoration obstacles and opportunities in a species-rich savanna (2004) L. K. Kirkman, K. L. Coffey, R. J. Mitchell and E....
Reslit 2427 - A Vegetation Classification of Fire-Dependent Pinelands of Florida (2010) Susan C. Carr, Kevin M. Robertson and Robert K. Pe...
This information was provided by the Florida WIldflower Foundation.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Dyschoriste oblongifolia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Dyschoriste oblongifolia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Dyschoriste oblongifolia
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-03-02
Research By: TWC Staff