Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also an accent groundcover in coastal uplands.
Ecological Restoration Notes:
An ephemeral groundcover in the front line of beach dunes.
Grown by one or two native plant nurseries in South Florida.
Prostrate herbaceous vine with short stems.
Typically 1-6 inches inches in height; stems short, less than 5 feet, rooting at the nodes.
Southeastern United States west to Texas and south to the Monroe County Keys; West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America. Very rare in the Monroe County Keys and perhaps absent to the west of Bahia Honda.
Moist, 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:
Pioneer; grows in unconsolidated substrate in direct salt wind and spray.
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
White and yellow (or with purplish lobes).
Spring-fall; peak summer-fall.
Can be grown from seed.
Often ephemeral on beach dunes in South Florida. Horticultural synonyms: I. stolonifera.
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.