Wild Florida Photo - Paederia foetida

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Paederia foetida



Not native to Florida

Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council:  Category I designation
This plant is an invasive exotic that is altering native plant communities by displacing native species, changing community structures or ecological functions, or hybridizing with natives.
This species should never be planted (many with this designation are prohibited by law), and generally should be removed whenever possible.


This native of Asia is a problem invasive plant in the north and central peninsula of Florida. It is also now found in Texas, Louisiana, South Carolina and Hawaii.
These twining vines grow from woody rootstock to over 20 feet long. The oval to linear-lanceolate leaves are petioled, opposite and often lobed at the base. When the leaves and vine are crushed a pungent, skunky smell is emitted. The cream to greyish-pink, small, trumpet shaped flowers appear on cymes and have lilac colored centers. The small shiny, golden-brown fruit can persist through the winter.

Paederia foetida is a member of the Rubiaceae - Madder family.