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PlantFiles: White Indigo Berry, White Indigoberry
Randia aculeata

Family: Rubiaceae
Genus: Randia (RAND-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: aculeata (ah-kew-lee-AY-tuh) (Info)

Synonym:Randia mitis

4 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year


Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive adol1960 On Dec 19, 2010, adol1960 from SANTO DOMINGO
Dominican Republic wrote:

In the Hispaniola Island, Dominica Republic and Haiti, this shrub in its native habitat is loaded with Tolumnia orchids. T. variegata, T. guianensis and Leochilus labiatus favor this species as its habitat.
if you want to naturalize small orchids in your yard I would strongly recommended this shrub as a habitat for the orchids.

Positive NativePlantFan9 On Jan 25, 2005, NativePlantFan9 from Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

White Indigoberry (Randia aculeata) is a small to medium shrub or small tree or shrub native to the coastal hammocks, pinelands, coastal scrub, barrier islands, and similar habitats from coastal central Florida south through the Keys into the Caribbean, such as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (zones 9a through 11). It is also found in parts of the Bahamas. It is usually found as a shrub or small tree. The berries provide food for wildlife such as birds. The leaves are small to medium and numerous. The attractive small flowers are white and star-shaped. In Florida, it is found in the central and southern coastal areas of the state, including in the Keys. It is great for a native plant or wildlife garden. This plant usually has a low to medium salt tolerance, although it can grow in salty areas on the barrier islands.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Big Pine Key, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Key Largo, Florida
Loxahatchee, Florida
Oldsmar, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida

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