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

Copyright by: George D. Gann

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).

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

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.


Copyright by: George D. Gann

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Copyright by: Alexander Blochel, 2018
In habitat, Florida City Pineland, Miami-Dade County, Florida

Copyright by: Chuck McCartney, 1992

Copyright by: Alexander Blochel, 2018
In habitat, Florida City Pineland, Miami-Dade County, Florida

Copyright by: Chuck McCartney, 1940

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer


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