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Coastal bedstraw
Galium bermudense

Copyright by: James J. Lange, 18 March 2015
In habitat, Virginia Key, Florida

General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.

Availability: Grown by enthusiasts.

Description: Small herb.

Dimensions: About 4-8 inches in height, usually creeping along the ground and forming small open patches.

Growth Rate: Fast.

Range: Southeastern United States and the mid-Atlantic west to Texas and south to the Monroe County Keys; northern Bahamas. Very rare or extirpated in the Monroe County Keys; collected on Key Largo in 1934 and on Big Pine Key in 1951.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Moist forests and pinelands.

Soils: Moist, well-drained sandy or limestone soils, with humusy top layer.

Nutritional Requirements: 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.

Drought Tolerance: Low; requires moist to wet soils and is intolerant of long periods of drought.

Light Requirements: Light shade.

Flower Color: White.

Flower Characteristics: Inconspicuous.

Flowering Season: Spring-summer.

Fruit: Purple berry.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed.

Copyright by: James J. Lange, 18 March 2015
In habitat, Virginia Key, Florida

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

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