General Landscape Uses:
Groundcover in open coastal areas.
Ecological Restoration Notes:
A common and important pioneer vine on beach dunes nearly throughout South Florida.
Grown by a few native plant nurseries in south and central Florida.
Sprawling or climbing vine with very long stems.
Typically 6-12 inches in height when creeping along the ground; stems to 50 feet or more in length and sometimes high climbing in other vegetation.
Monroe County Keys north along the coasts to southern Volusia County and Dixie County, scattered west to eastern Texas; West Indies, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Old World tropics.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Moist, well-drained sandy soils, without humus.
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:
Pioneer; grows in unconsolidated substrate in direct salt wind and spray.
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Pink to rose purple with white markings.
All year; peak summer-fall.
Brown pod (legume), 4-6" long, flattened. All year.
Wildlife and Ecology:
An important pioneer species and sand stabilizer of beach dunes.
Can be grown from seed. Soak in water for several hours to speed up germination.
It can be aggressive in cultivation, climbing and covering shrubs and sometimes trees. The seeds and seed pods are poisonous.