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|Size:||6-8 ft tall by 3-5 ft wide|
|Life Span:||Long-lived perennial|
|Noted for:||Showy flowers, Showy fruits, Interesting foliage, Hurricane wind resistance|
|Recommended Uses:||Specimen plant, hedge plant|
|Considerations:||Toxic to livestock. Green fruits toxic to humans.|
|Availability:||Native nurseries, Seed|
always floodedextremely dry
|(Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)|
|Moisture Tolerance:||Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry|
|Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:||Tolerant of occasional/brief inundation such as can occur in storm surges.|
|Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:||High. Can tolerate significant and ongoing amounts of salty wind and salt spray without injury.|
|Soil or other substrate:||Marine alluvium, Sand|
|Soil pH:||Calcareous (high pH)|
Fruits are eaten by birds (Florida Wildflower Foundation)
Nectar plant for great southern white (Ascia monuste), gulf fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) and other butterflies as well as sphinx moths.
|Native Habitats:||Salt marsh, salt flats.|
Distribution and Planting Zones
Natural Range in Florida
Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 8A 8B 9A 9B
USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures
|Ethnobotany:||Fruit is said to be edible (ONLY IF RIPE) (reported by Plants for the Future)|
This plant is in the tomato family. FNPS cannot vouch that the fruit is edible.