Golden creeper
Ernodea littoralis

Golden Creeper

The light green ground cover on the right is a trimmed golden creeper in Key West. It will naturally stay below two feet. Cut it back to keep shorter.

Golden creeper or beach creeper is an endangered native plant fairly common in the Keys yet very rarely found north of the Keys along the coast to Central Florida. It is very drought tolerant and must have well drained, moderately fertile soil and full sun. Golden creeper is tolerant of salt air, yet is not tolerant of salt water flooding.

The pinkish flowers are scattered and are not very noticeable. The succulent, linear leaves are golden and make a pleasing, low ground cover. Small orange fruit feed the local birds.

Use golden creeper in rock gardens or around thatch palms, specimen shrubs or as a mass in a coastal themed planting. The leaves are sometimes attacked by a beetle and its larva in the fall. This may need some treatment although the plant will grow back on its own without any help. Remember that it needs full sun.