Written by Don Richardson 
Dry Twinflower (Dyschoriste Oblongifolia)
Plant Type
Perennial Ground Cover
1’ tall, 1’ wide 
Sun Exposure
Full Sun – Part Shade
Soil Type
Acid – Slightly Alkaline
Soil pH
6.0 – 7.2
Bloom Time
Most of the year
Hardiness Zones
8a-11 (USDA)
Is a Florida Native
Spreads by seed & rhizomes
Edible Plant
Medicinal Plant

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The Dyschoriste oblongifolia is a plant native to southeastern United States and parts of Central America, specifically Belize and Mexico. This evergreen perennial grows up to 3 feet in height, with white or yellow flowers that bloom year-round. It is commonly found in open woods, savannas, and along roadsides. Let’s take a closer look at this unique flower.
Habitat and Growth Requirements 
The Dyschoriste oblongifolia prefers moist, well-drained soils that are rich in organic matter, such as loam or sandy loam. It can tolerate dry soil but should be watered regularly during periods of drought. It prefers full sunlight but can tolerate partial shade if necessary. The best time for planting is in early spring when the soil has warmed up enough for the roots to get established quickly.
It’s important to note that this plant does not need any additional fertilizer or other chemicals to thrive; it will do just fine with regular watering and occasional pruning if necessary. Additionally, it’s considered an “evergreen” perennial, meaning it will stay green all year long without requiring any special treatment over the winter months.
Uses of Dyschoriste Oblongifolia 
The Dyschoriste oblongifolia is often used as an ornamental plant in landscaping due to its hardiness and attractive foliage. Its flowers are also used in bouquets and other floral arrangements due to their long-lasting beauty and vibrant colors (white or yellow). Additionally, its leaves have been used for medicinal purposes by some indigenous tribes of Central America who believe them to have healing properties related to stomach issues and fever reduction.    
The Dry Twinflower produces white flowers with purple-veined petals which are about 1 inch (2.5 cm) long. These flowers have a strong scent which attracts both birds and butterflies. The flowers bloom from April until October so they provide a much needed source of nectar throughout the year.
After flowering, the Dyschoriste Oblongifolia produces small fruits which are about 0.25 inches (6 mm) long and contain several seeds each. These fruits are eaten by birds such as finches, sparrows and warblers which helps disperse them into other areas where they can grow into new plants. 
The leaves of this plant are oval-shaped with pointed tips and have serrated edges which give them an interesting appearance. They measure between 0.5 - 1 inch (1 - 2 cm) long and tend to be green on top but slightly greyer on their undersides. These leaves provide shelter for insects such as aphids which in turn attract other animals like ladybirds who feed on them . This makes the Dry Twinflower an excellent food source for many animals that rely on insects for their diet .   
 In summary, the Dyschoriste oblongifolia is a hardy evergreen perennial native to southeastern United States and parts of Central America. It requires minimal care aside from regular watering during periods of drought and occasional pruning if needed; otherwise it thrives on its own with no additional fertilizers or chemical treatments required. Its attractive foliage makes it a great choice for landscaping projects as well as decorative bouquets throughout the year thanks to its long-lasting blooms! Whether you’re looking for an ornamental addition to your garden or just curious about this unique plant species, you won’t regret learning more about the fascinating Dyschoriste oblongifolia!


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