Feay’s Palafox (Palafoxia feayi)

Educational Story

The Feay’s Palafox, Palafoxia feayi, is a native, herbaceous perennial plant that occurs in scrub and sandhill habitats in Florida. This species produces strong, tall stalks with small oval leaves.  It is in the aster family, but its flowers are unusual, consisting of a open, round head of tubular disc flowers with no ray flowers. The mostly white flowers are often brushed with rose.  They have curved white stigmas that contract boldly against maroon styles, adding to the the interest of the flowers.  Blooming in fall, they are an important food source for pollinators.

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Gardening Facts

Scientific Name: Palafoxia feayi
Common Name: Feay’s palafox,
Description of facts and concepts: Medium-sized deciduous perennial herb that grows in scrub and sandhill habitats.
Seed or division information: Propagated through seed.
Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): Summer, fall
Ecoregion: Dry pinelands, scrub, sandy thickets
Color of Flower: White/Pink
Height: 6 feet and up
Spread: 3-5 feet
Family: Asteraceae (aster or daisy)
Soil Type: Base to Acidic Acidic
Soil: Dry to Wet Well-drained sandy soils
Light: Sun to Shade Full sun
Zone 9B-10B