General Landscape Uses:
Primarily recommended for natural landscapes. Also a creeping groundcover in moist to relatively dry areas.
Ecological Restoration Notes:
Although West Indian sage can be used to cover ground, it is weedy in nature and must be monitored.
Rarely grown by enthusiasts.
Small herbaceous wildflower, usually creeping along the ground.
About 3-6 inches in height. Spreading and forming large, open or dense patches several feet across.
Miami-Dade and Collier counties north to Palm Beach and Lee Counties, mostly within 30 miles of the coast; West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America.
Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.
Disturbed uplands and (rarely) hammock edges.
Moist, well-drained 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:
Moderate; grows near salt water, but is protected from direct salt spray by other vegetation.
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Light shade to full sun.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Nectar plant for butterflies.
Can be grown from cuttings, division or seed.
This is commonly weedy and must be closely watched.