General Landscape Uses:
Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also wildflower and butterfly gardens.
Grown by enthusiasts.
Small herbaceous wildflower.
About 2-3 inches in height. Mostly creeping along the ground and forming open mats; sometimes weakly twining up other vegetation.
Eastern and southeastern United States south to Miami-Dade and Collier counties.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Pinelands and scrub.
Moist to dry, 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:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Small brown pod (legume).
Wildlife and Ecology: Larval host plant
for cassius blue (Leptotes cassius
), ceraunus blue (Hemiargus ceraunus
), gray hairstreak (Strymon melinus
), long-tailed skipper (Urbanus proteus
), northern cloudywing (Thorybes pylades
), silver spotted skipper (Epargyreus clarus
) and zarucco dusky wing (Erynnis zarucco
Can be grown from seed.