About thirty-five species of Malphigia are native to North America
and South America, including the Caribbean. Barbados cherry is native to Texas and the Caribbean
south into South America. This dwarf form is
found in Texas
and is cold hardier than the larger Caribbean
form. It is a dense, evergreen shrub that produces an abundance of pink flowers
in summer followed by small red fruit. The small fruits are edible but not very
tasty. Each flower petal has a very slender base, a trait characteristic (but
not unique) of this family. It is very drought tolerant.
See these plants on the east side of building 10.
Medium-sizes shrub to about four to five feet tall.
Light: full sun
Water: very drought tolerant when established
Soil: well-drained, otherwise very adaptable, no special requirements
This plant is relatively new to northeast Florida gardens. It is better known in east Texas gardens that have
a climate similar to that of Jacksonville.
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