Wild Coffee

Common name(s): Wild Coffee, Florida Wild Coffee

Scientific name: Psychotria nervosa

Plant family: RUBIACEAE

Origin: Native to southeastern United States

Description: A flowering plant with dark green, glossy, and elliptical leaves. Grows up to 4 – 10 feet and 4 – 8 feet wide. Leaves are arranged in opposite pairs with prominent stems. When crushed, they emit a coffee-like aroma. The plant grows small, tubular, white to cream-colored flowers. Grows small, round, red and black berries.

Growing Conditions: Thrives in well-drained soils and partial to full shade. Hardy plant that adapts to its subtropical and tropical climates of its native range. Moderate drought tolerance.

Wildlife: The berries are important for wildlife. Provides habitat and cover.

Relation to Nehrling Gardens:

Location in Gardens: E15

Additional Information: Seeds can be used as a caffeine-free coffee substitute when roasted.

In Memory:  Berthold Nehrling