General Landscape Uses:
Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also butterfly gardens.
Grown by enthusiasts.
Scrambling or creeping vine.
N/A; a vine with stems 6 feet or more in length.
Southeastern United States west to Texas and south to the Monroe County Keys; West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America. Rare in the Monroe County Keys.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Map of ZIP codes with habitat recommendations north to Martin and Charlotte counties.
Pinelands, coastal uplands and disturbed sites.
Moist, well-drained sandy or limestone soils, with or without humusy top layer.
Low to moderate; it can grow in nutrient poor soils or soils with some organic content.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Secondary line; tolerates significant salt wind without injury, but usually is somewhat protected.
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Showy, 3/4" long
Hairy pod (legume) 2 1/2" long. All year.
Wildlife and Ecology: Larval host plant
for cassius blue (Leptotes cassius
), dorantes longtail (Urbanus dorantes
), gray hairstreak (Strymon melinus
), and long-tailed skipper (Urbanus proteus
) butterflies. Nectar source
for gray hairstreak.
Can be grown from seed. Sprinkle seeds on surface of soil and barely cover. Place container in full sun.
Can be somewhat weedy, but useful in coastal sites.