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Rouge Plant - Rivina humilis

Rouge Plant - Rivina humilis

PriceFrom $10.00

Plant bird food!

•Status in Florida: Native

•Size at Maturity: Typically grows 1 to 2 feet tall and wide

•Phenology: Perennial herb with fleshy, lance-shaped leaves and small clusters of white to pinkish flowers followed by red berries

•Life Cycle: Perennial

•Bloom Season: Spring to fall

•Deciduous, Dioecious, Evergreen: Evergreen

•Sunlight Requirements: Full sun to partial shade

•Soil Texture: Well-drained sandy or loamy soils

•Soil pH: Tolerant of a wide range, but prefers slightly acidic to neutral (pH 6.0-7.5)

•Moisture Requirements: Prefers moderately moist soil but can tolerate drought once established

•Tolerance to Salt Spray: Low tolerance

•Recommended Landscape Uses: Woodland gardens, shade gardens, native plant gardens

•Maintenance Tips: Low maintenance; prune as needed to maintain shape and remove dead foliage

•Considerations: Can self-seed and spread in favorable conditions, may require occasional thinning

•Edible: The ripe berries are edible but not commonly consumed due to their bitterness

•Medicinal Uses: Historically used in traditional medicine for various purposes, including as a diuretic and for treating skin conditions

•Toxicity to Pets: Not known to be toxic, but ingestion may cause gastrointestinal upset in pets

•Florida Native Companion Plant: Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana), southern wax myrtle (Morella cerifera)

•Wildlife Benefit: Provides habitat and food for birds and small mammals; attracts pollinators such as bees and butterflies

•Caterpillar Host Plant: Rouge Plant is a host plant for the caterpillars of the Rivina Moth (Utetheisa lotrix).

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