General Landscape Uses:
Groundcover in open, coastal uplands.
Ecological Restoration Notes:
An important sand binder in coastal uplands througout South Florida.
Native plant nurseries.
Small shrub with spreading branches. Leaves light green, succulent and smooth.
Typically 2-3 feet in height. Spreading and becoming much broader than tall.
Southeastern United States west to Texas and south to the Monroe County Keys; Bahamas and Cuba. Rare and scatted in the Monroe County Keys.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Map of suggested ZIP codes north to Indian River and Manatee counties.
Map of ZIP codes with habitat recommendations north to Martin and Charlotte counties.
Beach dunes, coastal strand and coastal grasslands.
Moist, 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:
Pioneer; grows in unconsolidated substrate in direct salt wind and spray.
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Inconspicuous yellowish-brown achenes in globular clusters.
Wildlife and Ecology:
A principal sand binder in the pioneer zone of beach dunes.
Can be grown from seed or cuttings.
It roots along the stems when covered with sand.