Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also butterfly gardens in the upper Florida Keys.
Grown by enthusiasts and occasionally by native plant nurseries.
High climbing vine with tendrils.
N/A; a vine with stems to 10 feet or more in length.
Monroe County Keys and Miami-Dade County; West Indies and Central America. In the Monroe County Keys, and apparently absent south of Lignumvitae Key. In Miami-Dade County, native only to the Florida Keys in and around Elliott Key in Biscayne National Park.
Moist, well-drained limestone soils, with humusy top layer.
Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
Moderate; generally requires moist soils, but tolerant of short periods of drought once established.
Light shade to full sun.
Calyx green, corolla and corona white.
Dark blue capsular berry.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Larval host plant for julia (Dryas iulia) and probably other butterflies.
Can be grown from seed.
It is listed as endangered by the state of Florida.
George D. Gann in habitat, Everglades National Park, Key Largo, Florida, 2013
Roger L. Hammer
Gann, G.D., M.E. Abdo, J.W. Gann, G.D. Gann, Sr., S.W.
Woodmansee, K.A. Bradley, E. Grahl and K.N. Hines. 2005-2016. Natives For Your Neighborhood. http://www.regionalconservation.org.
The Institute for Regional Conservation. Delray Beach, Florida USA.