Carphephorus odoratissimus

vanilla-plant, deer's tongue, Florida paintbrush

Asteraceae (Compositae)

wildlife plant

Use this link to get more info about this plant from the USF Institute for Systematic Botany

Plant Specifics

Form: flower
Life Span: short-lived perennial
Size: Height: to 4 ft
Flower Color: flower color   flower color      purple,lavender
Fruit Color: fruit color      white
Phenology: winter dormant
Noted for: Showy flowers


Recommended Uses: Wildflower garden or meadow..
Propagation: Seed. Mature specimens will add "pups" next to the main rosette, so over time individuals will slowly spread in the landscape.
Availability: Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand


wildlife plant  
Attracts many butterflies and other pollinators.
Native Habitats: Hydric to mesic pine flatwoods, cutthroat seeps, sandhills, flatwoods, bogs, pond margins.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in: