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) and at Amelia's SmartyPlants
(561-540-6296) and in Boynton Beach at Sustainscape
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.
Map of suggested ZIP codes from South Florida north to southern Brevard, Osceola, Polk, and Pasco counties.
Map of ZIP codes with habitat recommendations from the Monroe County Keys north to Martin and Charlotte counties.
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.
Hammer 2004, Nelson 2003
The name "pes-caprae" means "goat's foot" referring to the shape of the leaf. See also the Florida Wildflower Foundation's Flower Friday