Native to Florida, but found north to New Jersey and as far west as Nevada. May be used as an ornamental groundcover.
An annual plant that normally grows as a prostrate, spreading form, but can grow as high as 8 inches. Plants are tolerant of dry, sandy habitats. Flowering begins in the spring and continues throughout the summer.
The leaves of this plant are fleshy and succulent, usually less than 1 inch long and very narrow. They are alternate and close together along the stems. The small but showy flowers are bright pink and about ½” across, with 5 distinct petals.
Characteristicts Important to Control:
Generally not a particularly invasive plant, but if found where it is not wanted it can be easily removed by hand.