Titusville Balm (Dicerandra thinicola)

 Educational Story

The Titusville Balm, Dicerandra thinicola, is a critically endangered mint species, only found wild in a very small region of Florida’s central east coast on the coastal ridge of Titusville, Florida, near Cape Canaveral.  Several of these plants were rescued from a development site and were transplanted to the UCF Arboretum, which has some areas with well drained, sandy soils, similar to the coastal ridge in Titusville.  It has a beautiful elegant flower, with white fading to pink petals with purple spot, and is attractive to pollinators, especially bees.

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Gardening Facts

Scientific Name: Dicerandra thinicola
Common Name: Titusville Balm, Titusville Mint
Description of facts and concepts: A critically endangered mint species restricted to sand pine scrub systems in Brevard county, Florida.
Seed or division information: Seeds produce after burning
Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): October
Ecoregion: Scrub
Color of Flower: White and purple with dark purple spots
Height: 1-2 feet
Spread: 2-4 feet
Family: Lamiaceae
Soil Type: Base to Acidic Acidic
Soil: Dry to Wet Dry, well drained soils
Light: Sun to Shade Full sun to light shade
Zone 9B