Habitats: Hammocks and thickets, mostly along the coasts.
Soils: Moist, well-drained limestone or calcareous sandy soils, with humusy top layer.
Nutritional Requirements: Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.
Salt Water Tolerance: Moderate; tolerates brackish water or occasional inundation by salt water.
Salt Wind Tolerance: Moderate; grows near salt water, but is protected from direct salt spray by other vegetation.
Drought Tolerance: Moderate; generally requires moist soils, but tolerant of short periods of drought once established.
Light Requirements: Light shade to full sun.
Flower Color: Bright pink with thin white lines fading to bluish-pink.
Flower Characteristics: Semi-showy.
Flowering Season: All year.
Fruit: Small brown pod (legume).
Wildlife and Ecology: Larval host plant for cassius blue (Leptotes cassius), long-tailed skipper (Urbanus proteus), zestos skipper (Epargyreus zestos) and zarucco duskywing (Erynnis zarucco) butterflies. Nectar plant for hammock skipper (Polygonus leo) and other butterflies.
Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed.
References: Hammer 2004
Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014 In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida Expand
Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014 In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida