General Landscape Uses:
Not native. Long cultivated for its colorful flowers and sometimes naturalizing in South Florida.
Ecological Restoration Notes:
This should be controlled whenever encountered in conservation areas.
A high climbing vine.
Nonnative and naturalized in peninsular Florida. Native to Mexico.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Open, disturbed sites and forest edges.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Nectar plant for Brazilian skipper
(Calpodes ethlius), dorantes longtail
(Urbanus dorantes), field skipper (Atalopedes campestris), Florida duskywing
(Ephyriades brunnea floridensis), giant swallowtail
(Papilio cresphontes), hammock skipper (Polygonus leo), large orange sulpher (Phoebis agarithe), long-tailed skipper (Urbanus proteus), mangrove skipper (Phocides pigmalion), monk (Asbolis capucinus), southern broken-dash (Wallengrenia otho), twin-spot skipper (Oligorio maculata), zestos skipper (Epargyreus zestos) and other butterflies.
For more information and links to images, visit our Floristic Inventory of South Florida Database Online