Psychotria nervosa

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

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

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Shiny-leaf Wild-coffee, Wild Coffee


Plant Specifics

Size:2.0 to 6.0 ft tall by 1.5 to 3.0 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Red,green,brown
Phenology:Evergreen. Blooms and fruits year round except during cold or drought.
Habitats:Dry mesic to xeric hammock, high areas in swamps, coastal shell mounds, pine flatwoods.


Recommended Uses:Small specimen plant, foundation planting, general cover plant in shaded areas.
Light: Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Short very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray Tolerance:Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.
Soil/Substrate:Loam, Lime rock, Sand



Birds like the fruit.

Nectar plant for atala (Eumaeus atala), great southern white (Ascia monuste), julia (Dryas iulia), Schaus' swallowtail (Heraclides aristodemus), and other butterflies. 

Attracts pollinators including a variety of bees and wasps, flies, and beetles.