Varronia globosa

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Bloodberry, Butterfly-sage, Curacao Bush


Also known as Cordia globosa

Plant Specifics

Size:6 to 10 ft
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Red
Phenology:Evergreen. Blooms and fruits most of the year.
Noted for:Showy flowers, Showy fruits


Recommended Uses:Background shrub.
Considerations:Can become weedy in the right conditions.
Availability:Native nurseries
Light: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Tolerant of inundation with brackish water
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:Alkaline



Birds and other wildlife consume food. Attracts various pollinators especially bees and butterflies.


Attracts butterflies including malachite, atala, and daggerwinds (Haehle and Brookstone 1999).

Native Habitats:Old fields, open areas, edges of hammocks.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures