Randia aculeata

white indigo berry


wildlife plant  


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Plant Specifics

Form: shrub
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 3-10 ft    Width: 3-6 ft
Flower Color: flower color      white
Fruit Color: fruit color      white
Phenology: evergreen
Noted for: Showy fruits, thorns, interesting foliage


Recommended Uses: Specimen plant. Shrub border or foundation plant. Will tolerate sheeting. Valued for its shiny foliage and dense branching.
Considerations: Often produces spines at the bases of leaves.
Propagation: (from IRC website) Can be grown from de-pulped seed and cuttings. Scatter seeds over soil and barely cover. Place in light shade. Transplant into liners after first true leaves emerge.
Availability: Native nurseries
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Highly salt tolerant


wildlife plant  
  • Larval host for tantalus sphinx (Aellopus tantalus) moths.
  • Nectar plant for Schaus' swallowtail (Heraclides aristodemus) and other butterflies.
Native Habitats: Edges of coastal hammocks, pine rocklands, rocky flats.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other Comments:

Fruit is a white berry with indigo pulp.