Chiggery grapes
Tournefortia hirsutissima
Boraginaceae


Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

Availability:
Grown by enthusiasts.
Description:
High climbing vine or medium shrub. Leaves about 4-6 inches long.
Height:
N/A; a vine with stems to 20 feet or more in length.
Growth Rate:
Moderate.
Range:
Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, Collier and Hendry counties; West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America. In Broward County, know only from Water Conservation Area 3A.
Habitats:
Hammocks and swamps.
Soils:
Moist, well-drained 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 flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
Drought Tolerance:
Moderate; generally requires moist soils, but tolerant of short periods of drought once established.
Light Requirements:
Light shade to full sun.
Flower Color:
White.
Flower Characteristics:
Inconspicuous.
Flowering Season:
All year.
Fruit:
Round white drupe.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Nectar plant for cassius blue (Leptotes cassius), lyside sulphur (Kricogonia lyside) and southern dogface (Zerene cesonia).
Horticultural Notes:
Comments:
It is listed as endangered by the state of Florida.


George D. Gann
unusual in the forest understory
Miami-Dade County, Florida, 2012
Keith A. Bradley
Keith A. Bradley
Kristen Finch
in cultivation, Palm Beach County, Florida
Kristen Finch
in cultivation, Palm Beach County, Florida
Roger L. Hammer