Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Because it is weedy and easily spread it is not recommended for general landscape use.
Ecological Restoration Notes:
Although rare, it is typically weedy in disturbed sites undergoing restoration.
Rarely grown by enthusiasts.
Small perennial herbaceous wildflower.
About 1-3 feet in height, sometimes scrambling higher in other vegetation.
Peninsular Florida and the Bahamas.
Beach dunes and coastal strand.
Moist, well-drained sandy soils, without a humusy top layer.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Moderately low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water, but tolerates short term inunation by salt water from storm surge with minimal damage.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Secondary line; tolerates significant salt wind without injury, but usually is somewhat protected.
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
All parts of the plant are covered with tiny sticky hooks that easily attach themselves to clothing and even bare skin.
Roger L. Hammer
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.