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Nature Photography by Paul Rebmann
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FLORIDA ELEPHANT'S FOOT
A common wildflower of pine flatwoods, sandhills, dry prairies and other uplands and ruderal sites throughout nearly all of Florida. The range includes the southeastern coastal states from Louisiana into South Carolina.
Elephantsfoot is a perennial growing up to 7dm (just over 2 ft.) tall from a rhizome. Basal rosettes of elliptic or lanceolate leaves with hairy undersides help identify this plant even when not in bloom. The stems are often branching with much smaller alternate, sessile and elliptic leaves. The white, pink or pale purple tubular florets appear above three leaf-like, deltoid, hairy bracts.