www.zinnysworld.com    Copyright 2000-2015 by Thomas Zinneman.  All rights reserved. Rose Rush Lygodesmia aphylla

Rose Rush is a Florida native plant; except for a few areas in southern Georgia, it would be endemic to the state.  In Florida, it is found in the central and eastern Panhandle and throughout the Peninsula except for the extreme southern part.  This plant likes well-drained habitats, such as sandhills, flatwoods, scrub, and roadsides.  It is a perennial herbaceous plant that dies back to the ground in late fall.

This plant has a few long narrow leaves at the base of the stalk.  The flower stem usually has no leaves.  A single flower is produced at the top of the stem, which may reach a height of 20-30 inches.  The flower is rose lavender in color and is about 1.5 inches in diameter. The petals are toothed at the tip.  The bloom period is March-August.

These flowers attract a wide diiversity of pollinating insects, especially butterflies such as skippers.  A single bloom lasts for several days, then fades and goes to seed. The fluffy white seed heads blow away with a breeze.

The above photos were taken in Deep Creek in Charlotte County.

The distribution maps for the Rose Rush are from the Plants Database of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).