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Common Wireweed          Sisa acuta

The range distribution maps for the Common Wireweed are from the Plants Database of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).


The Common Wireweed, sometimes referred to as Teaweed, comes from Central America.  It is found in the southeastern United States and is common throughout much of Florida.  This plant is usually seen in pinelands, hammock margins, and disturbed sites.  It is usually considered a weed in lawns.

This plant is a short-lived perennial that grows to a height of 1-3 feet.  It has small yellow flowers, about 0.5-0.8 inches in width.  There are five buff yellow petals that are notched on one side of the tip and fused at the base.  The leaves are lance-shaped averaging about 1-2 inches long and about 0.5 inches wide.  The slender branches are tough and wiry, hence its name.  The flowers bloom year-round.

All of the images shown on this page were taken in Ponce de Leon Park in Punta Gorda, which is in Charlotte County.