General Landscape Uses:
Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.
Ecological Restoration Notes:
It can be used as one of many understory herbs in pine rocklands.
Grown by enthusiasts.
A creeping or short climbing vine with small leaves.
N/A; a vine with stems to 3 feet or more in length.
Moderate to fast.
Monroe County Keys and Miami-Dade County; Bahamas. In the Monroe County Keys, disjunct from Miami-Dade County to the pine rocklands of Big Pine Key. In Miami-Dade County, native to the Miami Rock Ridge south of the Miami River.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Moist, well-drained limestone 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:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Slender pod with wind dispersed seeds.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Possible larval host plant for soldier (Danaus eresimus) butterflies.
Can be grown from seed or cuttings.
The sap is white. It is listed as threatened by the state of Florida.