To call the unique railroad vine a fast growing ground cover is almost an understatement. Like a turbo-charged express train, it makes tracks so rapidly you can almost watch it grow.
Its common name derives from the extremely long viney shoots (called "stolons") it sends across the ground marked with evenly spaced horizontal stems.
The overall look is just like a railroad track. And just like a train it will travel around most everything in its path. The other common name is Beach Morning Glory. This Florida native plant is in the morning glory family and produces occasional bright pink flowers that open in the morning and close by mid-afternoon.
The blossoms appear on and off all year, and the plant's high salt tolerance makes it an idea for use in coastal properties. In fact, it can be used for dune stabilization on the beach because it sends deep roots into the sand. As fast as it grows, this plant doesn't create a dense, filled-in area quickly without some help. Long shoots can be rerouted back into the planting area to encourage a fuller look. Ideally you should give this groundcover a good-sized bed to itself - preferably with enough length to accommodate the super-fast super-long shoots the plant puts out.