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Man-in-the-ground, 'Bejuco colorado'
Ipomoea microdactyla
Convolvulaceae


General Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also wildflower and rock gardens.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

It can be used as one of many understory herbs in pine rocklands.
Availability:
Grown by enthusiasts.
Description:
Creeping or twining vine.
Dimensions:
N/A; a vine with stems to 5 feet or more in length.
Growth Rate:
Moderate.
Range:
Miami-Dade County; Cuba, Bahamas, and Puerto Rico (Mona Island only).
Habitats:
Pine rocklands.
Soils:
Moist, well-drained limestone soils, without humus.
Nutritional Requirements:
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.
Drought Tolerance:
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Light Requirements:
Full sun.
Flower Color:
Red.
Flower Characteristics:
Showy.
Flowering Season:
All year; peak spring-summer.
Fruit:
Inconspicuous capsule.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Provides food for birds.
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed.
Comments:
Can become dormant aboveground for extended lengths of time. It is listed as endangered by the state of Florida.


 


Chuck McCartney
Chuck McCartney
Roger L. Hammer
George D. Gann
Keith A. Bradley