General Landscape Uses:
Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.
Ecological Restoration Notes:
An uncommon element of beach dunes and coastal strand, except in Palm Beach and Martin counties where more common.
Grown by enthusiasts and occasionally by native plant nurseries.
Small scrambling herb.
Typically 3-12 inches in height or higher, climbing over the ground or other vegetation and forming large patches.
Monroe County Keys north to St. Lucie and Collier counties; the West Indies and South America. Very rare or absent in the upper and middle Monroe County Keys.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Map of ZIP codes with habitat recommendations north to Martin and Charlotte counties.
Coastal beaches, thickets, and hammock edges.
Moist, well-drained sandy soils, with or without humusy top layer.
Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Frontline; grows in direct salt wind but away from constant salt spray.
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
All year; peak spring-summer.
Inconspicuous utricle. All year.
Can be grown from cuttings.
Miami-Dade County Landscape Manual (2005)
For unknown reasons, this species is rather rare in South Florida, except in Palm Beach and Martin counties. Unlike its common relative, yellow joyweed (A. flavescens), its flowering heads are not stalked.