General Landscape Uses:
Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.
Grown by a few native plant nurseries in central and northern Florida.
Twining, high climbing herbaceous vine.
N/A; a twining vine with stems 15 feet or more in length. Often drapes over other vegetation forming large mats.
Monroe County Keys north to Volusia, Putnam, Alachua and Levy counties; West Indies, Mexico, Central America, South America and Old World tropics.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Hammock and swamp edges.
Moist to seasonally inundated, well-drained to moderately well-drained sandy or limestone 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:
High; can tolerate moderate amounts of salt wind without injury.
Moderate; generally requires moist soils, but tolerant of short periods of drought once established.
Full sun to light shade.
Showy, but open mostly at night.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Frequently recruits in disturbed areas that have recently burned.
Can be grown from seed or cuttings.
Can become aggressive and dificult to control in the garden; caution is urged.