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Phyla nodiflora 'Alba'

Family: Verbenaceae (ver-be-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phyla (FY-luh) (Info)
Species: nodiflora (no-dee-FLOR-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Alba

Synonym:Lippia canescens
Synonym:Lippia incisa
Synonym:Lippia nodiflora
Synonym:Lippia reptans


under 6 in. (15 cm)

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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)
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:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year
Blooms repeatedly

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Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive arielsadmirer On Jan 25, 2005, arielsadmirer from Margate, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

This plant is ubiquitous to many sandy lawns in South Florida. It is considered a weed by some. Sometimes the plant is covered in little matcheads, and a large patch can be a striking scene of white and purple hovering over the low green foilage.

This is a host plant for the Buckeye butterfly. It deserves a space in your butterfly garden.

Neutral pokerboy On Aug 15, 2004, pokerboy from Canberra
Australia (Zone 8b) wrote:

The leaves of this groundcover will form a dense mat unless grown in shade. It loves full sun and can even tolerate sandy, clay and limey soils. This plant can make an okay lawn substitute. The reason why I am rating this plant neutral is because of it's abitlity to get quite straggly in time. pokerboy.


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

Pompano Beach, Florida
Austin, Texas
San Antonio, Texas

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