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Railroad vine, Bayhops
Ipomoea pes-caprae subsp. brasiliensis

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

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.

Availability: Widely cultivated. Available at Indian Trails Native Nursery in Lake Worth (561-641-9488).

Description: Prostrate herbaceous vine with very long stems.

Dimensions: Typically 3-9 inches in height; stems to 100 feet in length.

Growth Rate: Fast.

Range: 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.

Habitats: Beach dunes and coastal thickets.

Soils: Moist, well-drained sandy soils, without humus.

Nutritional Requirements: 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.

Drought Tolerance: High; does not require any supplemental water once established.

Light Requirements: Full sun.

Flower Color: Pink to reddish-purple. Rose-purple stripes radiate out from the throat.

Flower Characteristics: Showy, 2-3" wide.

Flowering Season: All year.

Fruit: Inconspicuous capsule. All year.

Wildlife and Ecology: One of the most important beach pioneer species. Nectar plant for butterflies.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed or cuttings.

Comments: The name "pes-caprae" means "goat's foot" referring to the shape of the leaf.

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Copyright by: Susan Trammell

Copyright by: Susan Trammell

Copyright by: Susan Trammell

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

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