Tournefortia volubilis - Boraginaceae, Borage Family
DESCRIPTION: Slender stemmed, twining,
Height: Climbing vine
Flowers: Very small, yellowish-white, flowering throughout the year
Fruit: Small, fleshy white berry with one or more black dots at the blossom end; fruits appear in clusters
Foliage: Evergreen, alternate, shiny leaves,
1 to 3 inches long, very slightly hairy above, grayish below.
Growth rate: Fast
Sun: Partial shade to full sun
Drainage: Good to moderate
Water: Low, drought tolerant
Maintenance: Little needed
NATIVE HABITAT: Dense brush and woodlands, along resaca banks and palm groves, mostly found in Cameron County.
WILDLIFE USE: Dense foliage provides shelter for small animals. Blooms provide
nectar and pollen.
COMMENTS: An attractive, thickly growing, climbing vine for use on a trellis or fence. Sensitive to cold below 28 degrees F.