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Scaevola plumieri (L.) Vahl
USDA Symbol: SCPL
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
This stout, succulent shrub ranges from 1-5 ft. in height. The succulent stems are sometimes trailing, forming dense clumps. Glossy, dark-green leaves are thick and fleshy appearing mostly in rosettes at branch tips. White flowers, borne in small clusters among the leaves, are followed by smooth, black fruit.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec
FL , LA , TX Native Distribution:
S. FL coast; also the coasts of Bermuda, West Indies, Yucatan & Baja CA Native Habitat:
Sandy beaches; coastal dunes USDA Native Status: L48(N), PR(N), VI(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement:
Part Shade Soil Description:
Sandy soil. Conditions Comments:
A hardy seaside plant. The Scaevola species commonly used by the landscape industry is Scaevola frutescens. It is native
to Australia and differs from the native
variety in that it is larger and has lighter green leaves.
PropagationDescription: Can be grown from seed which germinates in about six weeks. Trailing stems, which have rooted in the sand, can be detaching and transplanted.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff