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Rivina humilis

Copyright by: George Gann, 2017
In habitat, Lake Ida Parcel, Florida

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

Availability: Grown by one or two native plant nurseries in South Florida. Available in Fort Myers at All Native Garden Center and Plant Nursery (239-939-9663) and in Lake Worth at Amelia's SmartyPlants (561-540-6296).

Description: Medium to large short-lived herb with shiny red berries.

Dimensions: Typically 1-4 feet in height. About as broad as tall.

Growth Rate: Fast.

Range: Monroe County Keys north to Duval, Marion and Levy counties and west to Arizona; West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: A wide variety of forested ecosystems.

Soils: Moist, well-drained sandy, limestone, or organic 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: Moderate; generally requires moist soils, but tolerant of short periods of drought once established.

Light Requirements: Light shade.

Flower Color: Pinkish.

Flower Characteristics: Semi-showy racemes.

Flowering Season: All year.

Fruit: Showy red berries.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed.

Comments: Rouge plant recruits readily from seed in the garden and can become very aggressive in shady areas. The fruits have been used to make red dye and rouge.

Copyright by: George Gann, 2017
In habitat, Lake Ida Parcel, Florida

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