Ipomoea pes-caprae subsp. brasiliensis

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Railroadvine, Lavender Goatfoot Morning-glory


Plant Specifics

Size:Stems are 60+ ft long  (stems are long but prostrate).  Foliage hugs the ground.
Life Span:Short-lived perennial
Flower Color:Pink,purple
Fruit Color:NA
Phenology:Evergreen. Blooms summer (north) or all year (south).
Noted for:Showy flowers, Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:Makes a nice groundcover in an informal dry yard. In nature, it is an important stabilizer of beach dunes.
Availability:Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Seed
Light: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:High. Can tolerate significant and ongoing amounts of salty wind and salt spray without injury.
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:Circum-neutral to calcarious



Attracts insects, especially bees.

Native Habitats:Beach dunes.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


Ethnobotany:Has been used (in South America) to treat inflammation and gastrointestinal problems.
General Comments:Seeds float and can be dispersed by water. Noted as a sand stabilizer being one of the first plants to colonize active dunes. Pan-tropical.