Rougeplant
Rivina humilis
Phytolaccaceae


Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

Availability:
Grown by one or two native plant nurseries in South Florida. Available in Fort Myers at All Native Garden Center and Plant Nursery (239-939-9663) and in Lake Worth at Amelia's SmartyPlants (561-540-6296).
Description:
Medium to large short-lived herb with shiny red berries.
Height:
Typically 1-4 feet in height. About as broad as tall.
Growth Rate:
Fast.
Range:
Monroe County Keys north to Duval, Marion and Levy counties and west to Arizona; West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America.
Habitats:
A wide variety of forested ecosystems.
Soils:
Moist, well-drained sandy, limestone, or organic soils, with humusy top layer.
Nutritional Requirements:
Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate long-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.
Drought Tolerance:
Moderate; generally requires moist soils, but tolerant of short periods of drought once established.
Light Requirements:
Light shade.
Flower Color:
Pinkish.
Flower Characteristics:
Semi-showy racemes.
Flowering Season:
All year.
Fruit:
Showy red berries.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed.
Comments:
Rouge plant recruits readily from seed in the garden and can become very aggressive in shady areas. The fruits have been used to make red dye and rouge.


Keith A. Bradley
George Gann, 2017
In habitat, Lake Ida Parcel, Florida
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Roger L. Hammer
Wes Jurgens
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton