General Landscape Uses:
Groundcover in open, coastal uplands.
Ecological Restoration Notes:
One of the most important sand-binding vines in coastal uplands throughout South Florida.
Widely cultivated. Available at Indian Trails Native Nursery
in Lake Worth (561-641-9488).
Prostrate herbaceous vine with very long stems.
Typically 3-9 inches in height; stems to 100 feet in length.
Southeastern United States west to Texas and south to the Monroe County Keys; West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Beach dunes and coastal thickets.
Moist, well-drained sandy soils, without humus.
Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Moderate; tolerates brackish water or occasional inundation by salt 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 reddish-purple. Rose-purple stripes radiate out from the throat.
Showy, 2-3" wide.
Inconspicuous capsule. All year.
Wildlife and Ecology:
One of the most important beach pioneer species. Nectar plant for butterflies.
Can be grown from seed or cuttings.
The name "pes-caprae" means "goat's foot" referring to the shape of the leaf.