Ipomoea pes-caprae subsp. brasiliensis

railroadvine, lavender goatfoot morning-glory


wildlife plant  


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Plant Specifics

Form: vine
Life Span: short-lived perennial
Size: Height: 0.5 ft    Width: to 60 ft
Flower Color: flower color   flower color      pink,purple
Noted for: Showy flowers, interesting foliage


Recommended Uses: Makes a nice groundcover in an informal dry yard. In nature, it is an important stabilizer of beach dunes.
Propagation: Seed.
Availability: Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Seed
Light: light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Highly salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand


wildlife plant  
Native Habitats: Beach dunes.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


Has been used (in South America) to treat inflammation and gastrointestinal problems.

Other Comments:

Seeds float and can be dispersed by water. Noted as a sand stabilizer being one of the first plants to colonize active dunes. Pan-tropical.