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False Pimpernel Lindernia grandiflora

The Savannah False Pimpernel (Lindernia grandiflora) is found throughout most of Florida with the exception of the central and western portions of the Panhandle.  It is a herbaceous plant that is found in moist to wet soil habitat.

The plant typically grows to a height of 6-8 inches.  The thin stems and oval leaves are succulent in appearance.  The light-green leaves are clasping and opposite each other. They do not have a stalk and are attached directly to the stem.

The slender stems are topped by a single flower that is about 3/8-inch wide.  The flowers have three lower petals that are larger than the two short upper ones.  The whitish lower petals have purple spots.  The petals emanate from a tubular throat that is purple in color.  The flowers bloom from spring - fall.  The flowers provide a nectar source for small pollinators.  These plants die in the winter and recover in the spring from the copious seeds that are produced.

The photos on this page were taken in Deep Creek in Charlotte County and the Deer Creek Preserve in Sarasota County.  Additional information on this plant may be found by clicking on the following links:

     Atlas of Florida Plants

     USDA PLANTS Database