Elephant's Foot

Elephantopus carolinianus

Part sun to dappled shade
Medium wet to dry soil
2–3 feet tall
Bloom time August, September
Bloom color lavender

Pot Size: 3.5" W x 3.5" L x 5" D

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Our Experience

Elephant’s foot grow wild in our habitat. We collected seeds from our plants as this plant is not commonly found for sale as either whole plant or seed. Based on our experiences in both our habitat and in nature during the annual NABA butterfly counts, we have observed this little plant to be a favorite of skipper butterflies.

We recommend planting this in a space where it can freely sprawl across the ground. Ours thrives in the dappled to full shade areas of our habitat. Where it grows in dappled shade we have observed hummingbirds nectaring on the flowers.

We do not know if our Elephant’s foot is species tomentosus or carolinianus. The skippers don’t seem to care much so we’ll follow their lead.

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