Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also wildflower and butterfly gardens.
Grown by enthusiasts.
Small herbaceous wildflower.
About 2-3 inches in height. Mostly creeping along the ground and forming open mats; sometimes weakly twining up other vegetation.
Eastern and southeastern United States south to Miami-Dade and Collier counties.
Pinelands and scrub.
Moist to dry, well-drained sandy soils, without humus.
Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Small brown pod (legume).
Wildlife and Ecology:
Larval host plant for cassius blue (Leptotes cassius), ceraunus blue (Hemiargus ceraunus), gray hairstreak (Strymon melinus), long-tailed skipper (Urbanus proteus), northern cloudywing (Thorybes pylades), silver spotted skipper (Epargyreus clarus) and zarucco dusky wing (Erynnis zarucco) butterflies.
Can be grown from seed.
Gann, G.D., M.E. Abdo, J.W. Gann, G.D. Gann, Sr., S.W.
Woodmansee, K.A. Bradley, E. Grahl and K.N. Hines. 2005-2016. Natives For Your Neighborhood. http://www.regionalconservation.org.
The Institute for Regional Conservation. Delray Beach, Florida USA.