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Coastal Plain Staggerbush       Lyonia fruiticosa

The range distribution maps for the Coastal Plain Staggerbush are from the Plants Database of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).


The Coastal Plain Staggerbush, also known as Rusty Lyonia, is a native plant found throughout most of Florida, southern Georgia and an extreme southern part of South Carolina.  It grows in pine woodlands and hammocks at elevations less than 350 feet.

This plant is a small evergreen shrub that typically grows to a height of 4 to 6 feet, but may reach 10 feet or more.  It is multi-stemmed with leaves that are elliptical or oblong in shape with smooth margins.  The leaves average 1-2 inches in length.

The small urn-shaped white flowers hang downward and are clustered in spikes.  They bloom from March - December, peaking in June.  The fruit is a dry, egg-shaped capsule about 0.2 inch in diameter.

The photos on this page were taken in Deep Creek in Charlotte County.