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 Native Plant Database

Chiococca alba

Snowberry, West Indian Milkberry, David's Milkberry, Cahinca, West Indian Snowberry

Rubiaceae (Madder Family)

Chiococca alba (Snowberry)
Marcus, Joseph A.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Drupe
Size Notes: Scrambling, vine-like shrub that may reach about 25 feet in height with support. Commonly reaches 10 feet in height with support.
Flower: Flowers 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch
Fruit: White 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch
Size Class: 0-1 ft. , 1-3 ft. , 3-6 ft. , 6-12 ft. , 12-36 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Yellow
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
Bloom Notes: Blooms throughout the year in its frost-free native range.


Native Distribution: Peninsular Florida and southernmost Texas south to tropical South America
Native Habitat: Thickets, chaparral, palm groves, & brush country

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Heat Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Clay Loam, Medium Loam, Sandy Loam, Sandy. Moist, well-drained.


Use Ornamental: Attractive, Blooms ornamental, Fruits ornamental, Long-blooming, Ground cover
Use Wildlife: Nectar-insects, Fruit-birds, Cover
Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)

Chiococca alba is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
Miami Blue
(Cyclargus thomasi)

Food Source
Learn more at BAMONA

Last Update: 2014-09-30