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.
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.