Inkberry, Beachberry, Gullfeed
Scaevola plumieri

Landscape Uses:

Accent shrub in open coastal areas.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

Native plant nurseries. Available in in Boynton Beach at Sustainscape (561-245-5305).
Small shrub with succulent leaves and trailing stems. Leaves thick, dark green.
About 2-5 feet in height. Usually broader than tall.
Growth Rate:
Monroe County Keys north to Brevard, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties; West Indies, Mexico, South America, Galapagos and Old World tropics. Rare in the Monroe County Keys; now migrating to the north along the coasts.
Beach dunes, coastal strand and coastal grasslands.
Moist, well-drained sandy or 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:
Frontline; grows in direct salt wind but away from constant salt spray.
Drought Tolerance:
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Light Requirements:
Full sun.
Flower Color:
White to pinkish white.
Flower Characteristics:
Semi-showy. One-sided, appearing like a flower cut in half.
Flowering Season:
All year; peak in summer.
Black ovoid drupe. All year.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Provides significant food and moderate amounts of cover for wildlife.
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed and division (rooted stems).
It is listed as threatened by the state of Florida.

Chuck McCartney
Chuck McCartney
Roger L. Hammer
George D. Gann
Shirley Denton
Cara Abbott, 2022.