Scaevola plumieri

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Beachberry, Inkberry, Gullfeed


Plant Specifics

Size:4-6 ft tall by 4-8 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Black
Noted for:Showy flowers, Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:If present in the landscape, retain. Use as a shrub in coastal areas where it can make a nice screen, form a hedge, or be a foundation plant. Also appropriate for dune stabilization.
Propagation:Seed and layering.
Availability:Native nurseries
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:Calcareous (high pH)



Fruits attract birds.


Bees are believed to be the primary pollinators.  Also attracts wasps, moths, and ants.

Native Habitats:Coastal sites.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:This is a rare plant. Please acquire from a reputable nursery. It is close kin to an invasive exotic (S. frutescens)from Australia -- be sure you are planting the native.