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botanical name:
Phyla nodiflora
Phyla nodiflora © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Frogfruit, Capeweed
synonyms:  Lippia canescens, Lippia repens
family:  Verbenaceae
characteristics: perennial, evergreen, ground-cover
height: 0.20m
width: 1.00m
growth rate:
growth habit: prostrate
leaf colour: grey-green
flower colour: pink
main season: Summer
aspect: full sun
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil, coastal
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: 5°C
USDA zone: 10 to 11
description:
A creeping, spreading mat-like perennial with small leaves, less than 2.5cm long, soft green to grey-green. Small, compact, round flower clusters from spring through to autumn, pale pink and white with orangey throats. Dormant during winter in colder climates. Very drought tolerant and tough.

South American species which has become somewhat naturalised in California and other parts of the world.

cultivation:
Will grow in poor, very dry soils, although thrives and looks better with occasional thorough watering or in milder coastal areas.

propagation:
From seed or by division

usage:
Tough ground cover for hot, dry areas, sturdy enough to serve as a lawn substitute, useful in heavy traffic areas in full sun, where it will withstand quite severe use.
The flowers attract bees which may be considered an advantage or disadvantage. Can be mown to remove the flowers if required.

other notes:
South American native which has become somewhat naturalized in California, USA and other parts of the world.

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