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The distribution maps for Turkey Tangle Fogfruit are from the Plants Database of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

What a strange name, Turkey Tangle Fogfruit.  You’ll also see other strange names for this wild flower, such as Matchstick, Frogfruit, and Capeweed.  This plant is found throughout the southern United States, West Indies, Mexico, Central America, and South America.

This plant is a small creeping herbaceous wildflower about 1-3 inches in height, extending to 6 inches when flowering.  It spreads readily, forming large dense mats.  It grows in moist disturbed areas and is common throughout most of Florida.

The flower stalks are topped by a flower head that starts out round, but becomes cylindrical in shape about 0.25 inch wide and 0.5 inch long.  The whitish pink flowers form a circle around the purple flower head.  The flowers themselves are quite small, less than 0.1 inch wide.  The green oval-shaped leaves are about 1-2 inches long and are attached oppositely to the stem.

The flowers, which bloom year round, provide a good nectar source for insects.  The leaves serve as food for the caterpillars of the Phaon Crescent, Common Buckeye, and White Peacock.

All of the photos on this page were taken in Deep Creek in Charlotte County.