Cordia globosa


Bloodberry or butterfly sage is found in lower Dade County and the Keys. This drought tolerant shrub is one of the best butterfly attractors for Palm Beach County south and will last for many years.

Bloodberry is a member of the borage family and reaches a height of six feet on average in full sun.  The leaves will burn if planted in a windy or seaside site.  Bloodberry is very drought tolerant when established.

The flowers are small and have a sweet odor and are followed by small red berries that are eaten by birds as soon as they color up.  Seedlings will appear around the yard from bird droppings and may need thinning.

Mix with bauer aster (Florida Keys Thoroughwort), Lantana involucrata (wild lantana), and pineland  privet  for a drought tolerant grouping that will really attract butterflies and birds.  Key’s porterweed makes a good groundcover in the front although cold weather will burn it to the ground.