Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.
Ecological Restoration Notes:
Although West Indian sage can be used to cover ground, it is weedy in nature and must be monitored.
Rarely grown by enthusiasts.
Small herbaceous wildflower, usually creeping along the ground.
Less than 6 inches.
Miami-Dade and Collier counties north to Palm Beach and Lee Counties, mostly within 30 miles of the coast; West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America.
Disturbed uplands and (rarely) hammock edges.
Moist, well-drained soils, with humusy top layer.
Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Moderate; grows near salt water, but is protected from direct salt spray by other vegetation.
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Light shade to full sun.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Nectar plant for butterflies.
Can be grown from cuttings.
This is commonly weedy and must be closely watched.
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.