Psychotria tenuifolia

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Dull-leaf Wild-coffee, Shortleaf Wild Coffee


Also known as Psychotria sulzneri

Plant Specifics

Size:3-4 ft
Life Span:Short-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Red
Phenology:Evergreen. Blooms and fruits year round except during cold or drought.
Noted for:Showy fruits, Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:Tallish groundcover in mesic (moist) areas. Can be planted in groupings in shady areas. Despite the name, the leaves are pretty, almost silky or velvety in appearance.
Availability:Friends, Seed
Light: Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
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:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Moderate. Tolerant of salty wind and may get some salt spray. Exposure to salt spray would be uncommon (major storms).
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:Acidic



Dispersed by birds.


Attracts bees and butterflies.

Native Habitats:Dry mesic to mesic and hydric hammock, second bottom, shell mounds, floodplains.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

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

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:Interesting silky-looking foliage.