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FROGFRUIT Phyla nodiflora,  Verbenaceae (Verbena Family)

SYNONYMS:  Lippia incisa, Lippia nodiflora, Lippia nodiflora var. reptans, Lippia reptans, Phyla incisa, Phyla nodiflora var. incisa, Phyla nodiflora var. longifolia, Phyla nodiflora var. nodiflora, Phyla nodiflora var. repens, Phyla nodiflora var. reptans, Phyla nodiflora var. rosea. BTW – official plant naming is a mess!
COMMON NAMES:  Texas frogfruit, Turkey tangle frogfruit, Frogfruit
HABIT:  Perennial herb, Semi-evergreen. Height: 3-6 inches Leaf: Green, with reddish or purplish tinge in cold winters. Bloom Color: White flowers May- Oct. Dormant during hard winters.
CULTURE:  Low water needs , medium light requirements. Sun to part shade, most soils and heat tolerant. Water in dry areas or seasons to maintain a solid cover. Do not mow while blooming, as it can take years to recover. Deer Resistant: Moderate. Native Distribution: Southern half of the US to the tropics. Native Habitat: Anywhere from ditches and roadways to beaches and fields. 

USES:  Frogfruit can be used as an excellent ground cover and is evergreen in warm years. It is also evergreen in areas protected from frost. It spreads vigorously. It is generally is a good nectar plant for butterflies and attracts numerous insect pollinators.  It is an attractive plant rambling over boulders or the edges of hanging baskets. It also can tolerate drought and flooding. A great groundcover for full sun and part shade areas, with trailing foliage and charming, mini-verbena-like flowers. Will also do well as a potted plant. 


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