Also known as Golden creeper and Coughbush, Beach creeper(Ernodea littoralis) is an evergreen low-growing, mat-forming shrub found on dunes, beaches and coastal hammock edges throughout Central and South Florida. It produces flowers and fruits year-round. The nectar attracts butterflies and hummingbirds, while the berries provide food for birds and small wildlife.
The pink to pinkish-white flowers are sessile and axillary. Corollas are long (½-inch) and tubular with four recurved lobes. Leaves are lanceolate to elliptic and fleshy with entire margins and bowed veination. They are oppositely arranged. Stems are woody and reddish with curving branches. Fruit is a round to oval golden-colored drupe containing a single seed.