General Landscape Uses:
Vine on trellises and fences. Wildflower and rock gardens.
Ecological Restoration Notes:
Relatively common in pine rocklands and coastal uplands along the east coast.
Grown by enthusiasts.
Clambering or climbing vine.
N/A; a vine with stems 5 feet or more in length.
Moderate to fast.
Monroe County north along the east coast to Brevard County; West Indies, southern Mexico and northern Central America.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Pine rocklands, hammock edges and coastal thickets.
Moist, well-drained limestone or sandy soils, with or without humusy top layer.
Moderate to low; it prefers soils with organic content, but will still grow reasonably well in nutrient poor soils.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
High; can tolerate moderate amounts of salt wind without injury.
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
All year; peak in summer.
Paired slender pods that open on one side, 6-8" long. Dispersal is by wind.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Larval host for native moths, including the oleander moth (or polka dot wasp moth; Syntomeida epilais
), tetrio sphinx moth (Pseudosphinx tetrio
), and Uncle Sam moth (or faithful beauty; Composia fidelissima
). For an excellent article by George Rogers on devil’s-potato as a host for moths, visit the Treasure Coast Natives
Can be grown from seeds. For excellent and detailed information on Devil’s-potato propagation, see Fairchild Tropical Garden's Connect To Protect
An attractive vining wildflower.