Railroad Vine (Ipomoea pes-caprae): Identification and Uses
Five rose-purple markings radiate from the throats up the center of each of the fused petals. Credits: Stephen H. Brown, UF/IFAS
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railroad vine
Florida native groundcovers
salt tolerant native plants

How to Cite

Brown, Stephen, and Marc Frank. 2020. “Railroad Vine (Ipomoea Pes-Caprae): Identification and Uses”. EDIS 2020 (5). https://doi.org/10.32473/edis-ep587-2020.


Railroad vine is one of the most widely distributed beach plants in the world. The moving sand and salt spray make the beach environment a harsh one, and the plants that live there are specialized to colonize this environment. This new 7-page document, published by the UF/IFAS Environmental Horticulture Department, describes railroad vine's leaves, flowers, fruit, planting and maintenance, and insect and disease problems. Written by Stephen H. Brown and Marc S. Frank.

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