Range: South Florida & Caribbean
Locustberry is a native, spring flowering shrub that grows in the pine rocklands of Miami-Dade and the Florida Keys. Threatened in the wild as a result of habitat loss, it is now finding a home in garden landscapes throughout our region. Its attractive, dime-sized flowers have spoon-shaped petals that change from white to pink to red as they age. The rare Florida duskywing butterfly uses locustberry as a larval host and solitary oil-collecting bees use oils produced by glands at the base of the flowers. The berry-like fruits provide food for birds in early summer.