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PlantFiles: Red Spiderling, Wineflower
Boerhavia diffusa

Family: Nyctaginaceae (nyk-taj-i-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Boerhavia (boer-HAH-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: diffusa (dy-FEW-sa) (Info)

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)
Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

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

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

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1 positive
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive dushyantdhari On Nov 10, 2012, dushyantdhari from Jammu
India wrote:

Boerrhavia Diffusa or Punarva is very useful plant as a medicine for Dropsy due to Liver or kidney problems.

Neutral olddude On Jul 31, 2011, olddude from Big Pine Key, FL (Zone 11) wrote:

Synonyms: B. paniculata; B. viscosa.

Neutral frostweed On Jan 12, 2007, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Red Spiderling, Wineflower Boerhavia diffusa is Native to Texas and other States.

Neutral MotherNature4 On Apr 28, 2006, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This Florida native is a relative of the Four 0'Clock. It is frequently found throughout the peninsula in dry, sandy soils.


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

Green Valley, Arizona
Big Pine Key, Florida
Uvalde, Texas

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