Southern Mexico, Central America, and South America; now widely cultivated in Florida and naturalizing.
Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida
SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence:
SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status:
Not Native, Naturalized
South Florida History and Distribution:
Distinguished from the native Hamelia patens
in having leaves without appressed hairs, typically in whorls of 4 (versus 3). See also The Hamelia Mess
by Roger Hammer.
SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: