Endemic to Florida
Threatened Florida species
A small shrub of sand pine-oak scrub only in central Florida from Clay to Highlands County.
This woody, perennial evergreen shrub can grow up to 3.5m (~7 ft.) tall, but usually seen less than half that height. The tiny tubular violet flowers appear in showy clusters from summer into early winter. Leaves are grayish-green, alternate and obovate.
This is apparently the only species of Garberia - at least in North America. Although it is listed as a state threatened species due to habitat loss, Garberia heterophylla is noticeable from the roads passing through the Ocala National Forest when in bloom.
Garberia heterophylla is a member of the Asteraceae - Aster family.
Date record last modified: Nov 05, 2020