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Phyla Nodiflora (Frog Fruit) – Marginal Pond Plants – Pond Plants – Water Plants – MBP108

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Phyla nodiflora, commonly known as frog fruit, turkey tangle fogfruit, or sawtooth fogfruit, is a perennial herbaceous plant that belongs to the Verbenaceae family. This low-growing, creeping plant is native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas but has become naturalized in many other parts of the world due to its adaptability and resilience. It serves both as an attractive ground cover in gardens and as an important plant in natural ecosystems, providing food for butterflies and other pollinators.

 

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Phyla Nodiflora (Frog Fruit)

Phyla nodiflora, commonly known as frog fruit, turkey tangle fogfruit, or sawtooth fogfruit, is a perennial herbaceous plant that belongs to the Verbenaceae family. This low-growing, creeping plant is native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas but has become naturalized in many other parts of the world due to its adaptability and resilience. It serves both as an attractive ground cover in gardens and as an important plant in natural ecosystems, providing food for butterflies and other pollinators. Here is a detailed description of its characteristics:

  • Growth Habit: Phyla nodiflora forms dense mats of foliage, spreading through its creeping stems that root at the nodes. This growth habit allows it to cover ground quickly, making it an effective ground cover. It typically grows to about 15-30 cm (6-12 inches) in height.
  • Leaves: The leaves are small, ovate to lanceolate in shape, with serrated edges, giving them a somewhat rough texture. They are arranged oppositely along the stems, providing a dense, green carpet of foliage.
  • Flowers: The plant produces tiny, tubular flowers clustered in rounded, spike-like inflorescences that rise slightly above the foliage on slender stalks. The flowers are usually white to lavender in color, attracting a variety of pollinators, especially butterflies. Blooming occurs from late spring to early fall, providing a long season of interest.
  • Habitat: Frog fruit is highly adaptable and can be found in a wide range of habitats, including lawns, roadsides, meadows, and coastal areas. It prefers moist, well-drained soils but can tolerate drought and poor soil conditions once established.
  • Uses: Due to its hardiness and attractive appearance, Phyla nodiflora is often used in landscaping as ground cover, in rock gardens, or along borders where a low-maintenance option is desired. It is also valued for its ecological benefits, serving as a host plant for several butterfly species and providing nectar for other pollinators.
  • Care and Maintenance: Frog fruit is a low-maintenance plant that requires minimal care once established. It can be propagated by seed or by dividing rooted sections of the plant. While it can spread vigorously under optimal conditions, it can be controlled through regular mowing or trimming to keep it within desired boundaries.
  • Environmental Benefits: Besides its use in gardens and landscapes, Phyla nodiflora plays a crucial role in natural ecosystems by preventing soil erosion, especially in areas prone to drought or flooding, thanks to its dense mat-forming growth habit.

Frog fruit’s combination of ornamental appeal, low maintenance, and environmental benefits make it a popular choice for gardeners and landscapers looking to create sustainable, wildlife-friendly outdoor spaces.

                                                                    

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