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Pineland Waterwillow        Justicia angusta

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


The Pineland Waterwillow is a native herbaceous perennial found in the Florida Peninsular and a few counties in the Panhandle.  If it weren’t for the fact that is has been reported in two southern Georgia counties, it would be considered endemic to Florida.

This plant likes to grow in freshwater wetlands.  In fact, you may see them growing in shallow water.  The plant has a very slender stem that can grow to a height of 3-4 feet.  It has small linear leaves that grow oppositely along the stem. The leaves have a very short stalk or no stalk.

A stem usually has a solitary flower, but multiple blooms can be produced during the growing season, spring-fall.  The flowers, which are pale purple or violet in color, are about 0.5-inch wide.  They a have 2-lobed upper lip that is curled backward.  The larger 3-lobed lower lip has a white center with purple dots.

The above photos were taken during the last week in June, 2017 in the Babcock-Webb WMA along Oil Well Grade. This WMA is in south-central Charlotte County.