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PlantFiles: Mazus
Mazus reptans

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

11 vendors have this plant for sale.

20 members have or want this plant for trade.


under 6 in. (15 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage
Good Fall Color

Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From herbaceous stem cuttings
By simple layering
By serpentine layering

Seed Collecting:
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11 positives
4 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive drcme On Jun 15, 2013, drcme from Volente, TX wrote:

Very fast growing foliage with minimal care here in central Texas. Looks great between the stone in a path in our yard. Highly recommend. We got ours from Stepables also. A flat was around $100 for 48 plants. That number is easily filling in the spaces in a 50X2 foot path. None of the plugs died, and a few extras grew from pieces I accidentally pulled out when repositioning.

Neutral bethmajor On Aug 19, 2011, bethmajor from Sanford, FL wrote:

Based mainly on your comments here and other places on line, I am going to try this plant in some of my walkways. I found an inexpensive source in a website called Stepables. I don't know how much they charge for shipping, but I guess I'll find out. One flat is about $100 (48) plants and should cover about 50 square feet. I hope it does well here in zone 9b.

Positive Gabrielle On Jul 14, 2011, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Forms a dense foliage mat, full of blooms in May in my garden.

Positive wonkyostrich On Jun 7, 2011, wonkyostrich from cardiff
United Kingdom wrote:

fastest spreading plant i have ever seen it has grown from covering 10cm to over 1metre square it has brilliant flowers that look like little trumpets coming off the ground and the flowers are brightened up by a bright yellow path in the centre of the purple trumpet. foliage has formed a mat and has even spread onto my lawn and killed a small patch of grass(i moved it before it outgrew my lawn)

Positive madgrace On May 26, 2010, madgrace from Hershey, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

This plant seems to spread quickly! It's a bit yellow at the center, but has many new green shoots, so I'm guessing that it's going to be fine. The flowers are lovely, and it's forms a thick mat. Mine is growing on a west-facing sloped rock garden, which gets some dappled shade and it seems to be doing well.

Positive SW_gardener On May 18, 2009, SW_gardener from (Zone 6a) wrote:

I just got this plant last year on end of season sale and I love it! It grows fast and makes beautiful little lavender purple flowers that make me think of lobelia. If you get down on the ground and actually smell it, it has a pleasant sweet fragrance too!

Positive lshields On May 1, 2009, lshields from Sag Harbor, NY wrote:

Grows and flowers well in mostly shade as well as sun. Outcompetes other weeds. This is one plant you put in the ground and just forget about. Takes care of itself.
Evergreen in zone 6

Positive mindnova On May 4, 2008, mindnova from summersville, WV (Zone 5b) wrote:

I love this plant. Bought as a marginal pond plant, it has survived my zone 5 winter with slight yellowing. Has been blooming since mid April, and continues to bloom. I placed it in pond level with dirt, and it seems very happy. Likes full sun, in the water. I hope to divide this and spread the beautiful blue blooms all around my pond.

Neutral Malus2006 On Apr 20, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

Figures - I thought they were zone 4 hardy - seem like a lot of sources says that they are zone 4 hardy but none have survived winter here in Minnesota.

Positive nativeviv On Mar 8, 2008, nativeviv from Lafayette, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I bought one of these last year from a nursery while on a gardening trip to zone 7-8 to try out in a blue stone walkway. It is doing fantastic. Growing in limestone and sand, between the blue stones, in strong sun, and it has multiplied, and now flowering. I live in 9a, and I avoid watering. Go figure. I am ready to buy more and fill in the rest of the pathway. It is a great plant.

Neutral tcfromky On Oct 21, 2004, tcfromky from Mercer, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Grows in full sun to partial shade. This is a very low growing, spreading groundcover that forms a thick mat of tiny leaves with tiny purplish-blue flowers that bloom from spring into summer. Prefers well-drained soil.

Positive OhioBreezy On Jun 2, 2004, OhioBreezy from Dundee, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

Was given spring 2003 a small start of this, it quickly spread from 2 inches to 23 inches!!! blooms are darling little lavender with specks. It easily tolerated my path thru the garden where I walk, without being totally crushed or killed. Kept on blooming and growing.

Positive Ladyfern On Aug 7, 2003, Ladyfern from Jeffersonville, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

A wonderful little groundcover for the shade. Tolerates foot traffic. Mine is growing under a pine tree in clay soil. It's a little too rambunctious to go between my pavers, though. It needs a bit more room. Watch it when it does its growth spurt in the spring and trim it back, or it will get into the lawn! Its purple flowers in late spring are just darling.

Positive lupinelover On Apr 20, 2002, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

This plant grows anywhere, yet is not invasive. Thrives in full shade, full sun, severe drought (no water for 3 months during summer of '99), and underwater for a month in '01. I strongly recommend to everyone. Find someone who grows it for a start: the few nurseries locally that carry it charge $8-9 for a quart pot.

Foliage in Zone 6 turns red during winter; back to green in spring.

Neutral Joy On Oct 12, 2001, Joy from Kalama, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Prefers moist, rich soils. Foliage is evergreen in warm winter climates. Excellent ground cover for small areas. Also effective grown between stepping stones or in rock gardens. Tolerates foot traffic.


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

Alabaster, Alabama
North Little Rock, Arkansas
Encinitas, California
Long Beach, California
Atlanta, Georgia
Buford, Georgia
Cumming, Georgia
Decatur, Georgia
Rincon, Georgia
Stone Mountain, Georgia
Washington, Illinois
Jeffersonville, Indiana
Kimmell, Indiana
Muscatine, Iowa
Louisville, Kentucky
Smiths Grove, Kentucky
Taylorsville, Kentucky
Lafayette, Louisiana
Marlborough, Massachusetts
Mechanicville, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Gastonia, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Cleveland, Ohio
Columbus, Ohio
Coshocton, Ohio
Dundee, Ohio
Grove City, Ohio
Williamsburg, Ohio
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Hershey, Pennsylvania
Middleburg, Pennsylvania
Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Spartanburg, South Carolina
Clarksville, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Houston, Texas
Leander, Texas
New Caney, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Leesburg, Virginia
Lexington, Virginia
Spotsylvania, Virginia
Stafford, Virginia
Wytheville, Virginia
Canvas, West Virginia
White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia

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