General Landscape Uses:
Accent vine. Also buffer plantings and kitchen gardens.
Grown by enthusiasts and occasionally by native plant nurseries.
High climbing woody vine.
N/A; vine with stems to 50 feet or more in length.
Fast to moderate.
Southeastern United States west to Texas and south to the Monroe County Keys; Bahamas. Very rare in the Monroe County Keys south of Key Largo and perhaps absent from the middle Keys.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Moist forests and pinelands.
Moist, well-drained sandy or limestone soils, with humusy top layer.
Moderate to low; it prefers soils with organic content, but will still grow reasonably well in nutrient poor soils.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate lonog-term flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Moderate; grows near salt water, but is protected from direct salt spray by other vegetation.
Moderate to high; plants growing in extremely dry soils may die during extended periods of drought.
Full sun to light shade or moderate shade.
Purple berry. Edible.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Larval host plant for nessus sphinx (Amphion floridensis) and mournful sphinx (Enyo lugubris) moths. Animals eat the berries.
Can be grown from de-pulped seed, and from cuttings with difficulty.
An excellent source of native grapes. But this fast growing vine can be very aggressive.