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Golden/Beach Creeper


General Properties

Plant Name: Ernodea littoralis - Golden/Beach Creeper
Common Names: Golden Creeper, Beach-creeper, Coughbush
Plant Type: Evergreen Groundcover,evergreen Shrub,tree
Origin: Caribbean, Central America South To Honduras
Family: Rubiaceae
Height (ft): 3
Growth: Medium
Hardiness Zones: 10-11
Salt Tolerance: High
Drought: High
Soil pH: Acidic, Slightly Acidic, Neutral, Slightly Alkaline
Soil Type: Sand,wide
Soil Drainage: Moist, Well Drained, Moderately Dry
Light: High
Nutrition: Low

Flower & Leaf Properties

Flower Property: Inconspicuous,tubular
Flower Color: Pink, White
Foliage Color: Green
Leaf Property: Simple, Opposite, Ovate
Leaf Texture: Fine
Season: Year-round

Other Properties

Uses: Groundcover, Dune Stabilizer, Mass Planting, Low Hedge, Erosion Control
Propagate: Seed, Cuttings
Fruit: Golden-yellow, Fleshy, Round Berry In Dense Clusters
Environment: N/a
Problems: N/a
Notes: A low-growing, mat-forming shrub found on dunes and coastal areas throughout Central and South Florida. Flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Fruit attracts birds and other small wildlife.
Photo by Getting Green Plant Service.
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