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PlantFiles: Mazus
Mazus reptans 'Purple'

Family: Scrophulariaceae (skrof-yoo-larr-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Mazus (MAZ-us) (Info)
Species: reptans (REP-tanz) (Info)
Cultivar: Purple

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

7 members have or want this plant for trade.


under 6 in. (15 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
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2 positives
2 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive bendipa On Oct 7, 2012, bendipa from London
United Kingdom wrote:

Just pull it out, It doesn't root deeply, or just cut it back. It's a bit vigourous for some rock gardens, but it certainly is no weed, and I wouldn't want to get rid of it.

Negative Rollscanardly On May 19, 2012, Rollscanardly from Ferndale, WA wrote:

These creeping rascals are invading our rock garden at the front of our sea-side cabin in NW Washington. They are very pretty, but we prefer the plants they are covering up! This is very moist climate and obviously these plants thrive in it.
Does anyone know a remedy to get rid of them?

Neutral bethmajor On Aug 18, 2011, bethmajor from Sanford, FL wrote:

Based on the information I found here and on other sites, I'm going to try this plant in some pathways and potentially use it as a lawn substitute. I found it on a site called Stepables for a really good price per plant. I don't know how much shipping is tho.

Positive jxmas On Jul 8, 2011, jxmas from Marble Hill, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

I love it. It grows best in 1/2 day sun and is covered in pretty purple flowers in the spring. It sends out long above-ground runners that root at the nodes but it is easy to pull out of unwanted places. I've found it is susceptible to leaf sucking insects so if the infestation gets bad I treat it with a systemic insecticide and it bounces right back

Neutral Gabrielle On Feb 10, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Brilliant green, low growing mat that spreads rapidly. Tony purple flowers with yellow/white throats cover plant completely in spring. Spring/summer bloom. Can withstand moderate foot traffic. 2" tall. Evergreen in temperate climates.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

North Little Rock, Arkansas
Plainfield, Illinois
Annapolis, Maryland
Caldwell, New Jersey
Bronx, New York
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Spartanburg, South Carolina
College Station, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Ferndale, Washington

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