Botanical Name: Justicia ovata.
Common Names: Looseleaf Waterwillow
Plant type: Perennial herb
Zone: Naturally found in FL, GA, AL, IL, SC, LA, MS, OK, AK, TN, NC, KY, and MI. (See link below.)
Size: Grows to 18"
Water: Average water needs.
Soil: Wet soil; found in wet ditches and wetlands, swamps and along rivers and streams
Propagation: Root divisions
Bloom: Lavender - purple
Note: Host plant for Seminole Texan Crescent Anthanassa texana seminole
Florida Butterfly Caterpillars and Their Host Plants
by Marc C. Minno, Jerry F. Butler, and Donald W. Hall. For Florida butterfly caterpillar and host plant information, we recommend this book above all others.
USDA Plant Profile