General Landscape Uses:
Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also butterfly gardens.
Ecological Restoration Notes:
An occasional element in hammocks and swamps.
Grown by one or two native plant nurseries in South Florida.
A twining, high climbing vine. Leaves compound.
N/A; a climbing vine with 8 feet in length or more.
Eastern and central North America south to Miami-Dade and Collier counties.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Wet to moist hammocks and floodplain forests.
Wet to moist, poorly-drained to moderately well-drained organic soils.
Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
Low; requires moist to wet soils and is intolerant of long periods of drought.
Light shade to moderate shade.
Inconspicous pod (legume).
Wildlife and Ecology:
Larval host plant for northern cloudywing (Thorybes pylades) and silver spotted skipper (Epargyreus clarus) butterflies.
Can be grown from seed.