Clasping Venus' Looking-Glass (Triodanis perfoliata)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Full Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 2 -45.6 °C (-50 °F) to -42.8 °C (-45°F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 1 to 3 feet
Plant Spread: 5-6 inches
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Purple
Flower Time: Spring
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Sow in situ
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Needs excellent drainage in pots


Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Feb 16, 2013 11:39 AM

Clasping Venus' Looking Glass is a native annual wildflower in central and northern Florida that blooms during the spring, summer and winter. Found in disturbed sites and fields as well as landscaped areas, this lovely wildflower is considered a weed by many.

The plant grows to approximately 18 inches; leaves can be variable but are usually 1/2 to 1 inch heart-shaped leaves that have toothed margins appearing along upright stems. The 1/2 inch long pointed, five-petaled star shaped flowers are purplish in color with a paler center. The flowers attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators. The fruit of the Venus' Looking Glass is a hairy, reddish-brown pod about 3/4 inches long that contains the shiny seeds.

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