Twin Flower (Dyschoriste oblongifolia)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8a -12.2 °C (10 °F) to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: to 1 foot
Plant Spread: 1 foot
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Lavender
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Late fall or early winter
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Sow in situ
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots


Posted by flaflwrgrl (North Fl. - Zone 8b) on May 8, 2012 9:03 PM

Commonly called Twinflower it is found throughout the state of Florida. It is a native & occurs naturally in Fl, Al, Ga, S.C., & Texas. Grows equally as well in dry conditions as it does in moist conditions. It's common name arises from it's habit of forming flower buds in pairs on the stem opposite each other & they usually open at the same time.
It can be argued as to whether this is an evergreen or deciduous but that strictly depends on the zone it's growing in.It spreads by underground runners as well as self sowing freely; however it is not aggressive & will not compete with larger species. It can be found occasionally for sale but there has not been a big commercial demand.
Twinflower is a larval food for the common buckeye & makes a nice addition to a butterfly garden.

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