Southeastern United States south to Brevard, Highlands, and Sarasota counties; western Cuba and Mexico, including Quintana Roo and Chiapas. Widely cultivated as a clipped hedge to the south of its native range in peninular Florida.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Map of suggested ZIP codes north to Indian River and Manatee counties.
Map of ZIP codes with habitat recommendations north to Martin and Charlotte counties.
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.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Provides significant food and cover for wildlife. Attracts pollinators.
Nelson 2003, Schaefer & Tanner 1997
We are currently adding data for this species for central and northern Florida. If you would like to contribute information or images, please contact George Gann via the IRC staff page. See also the Florida Wildflower Foundation's Flower Friday