Florida Doghobble makes a great hedge plant with its arching stems arranged with alternate ranks of glossy evergreen leaves. New growth emerges as a light red color, slowly changing to green. White, bell-shaped flowers hang underneath branches waiting to be found by long tongue pollinators. Stems will sucker over time, but can be easily pulled if undesirable. Height can also be tamed by heaving pruning. Flowering occurs in previous years growth, so prune after flowering. Prefers moist to wet soil with and shadier conditions. The more sun, the more moisture it will need.
Blooms: White, 3-4 weeks, Apr-May
Leaves: Dark glossy green, new growth is red, simple, lanceolate, 1-3”, evergreen
Exposure: Part shade-light shade
Fauna: Bees, butterflies, evergreen cover for winter animals
Deer Resistance: High
Native Status: NC Native, rare in the Coastal Plain
Provenance: Unknown, asexually produced