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PlantFiles: Virginia Buttonweed
Diodia virginiana

Family: Rubiaceae
Genus: Diodia (dy-OH-dee-uh) (Info)
Species: virginiana (vir-jin-ee-AN-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Diodia virginiana var. virginiana


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

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USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

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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3 positives
No neutrals
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive countrymowse On Jul 18, 2014, countrymowse from Bennett, NC wrote:

I want to use this plant as a ground cover. It is growing beautifully in an area where I have no grass and need some kind of ground cover. I need to know if there are any negatives to using it.

Negative visionlx On Apr 10, 2012, visionlx from Kingston, TN wrote:

extremely invasive in the yard; will overtake your lawn and work it's way into flower beds. It is impossible to get rid of once it gets started. It spreads through underground growth and clippings from lawn mower only further the spread and growth of this invasive weed.

Positive olka On Aug 31, 2010, olka from Katy, TX wrote:

This plant is doing really well, even in full sun and very hot and dry weather (August in TX) without supplemental watering. It actually started showing up in my lawn as a"weed". But frankly, I hope it actually takes over the lawn, because it is thick and luscious, and has attractive small white flowers. It also attracts bees/pollinators and other wildlife. It sprawls on the ground, and therefore does not require mowing. why has no one thought about using this plant in the lawn, instead of your typical bermuda grass?

Negative vipanoushek On Sep 26, 2007, vipanoushek from Carrollton, TX wrote:

This plant has taken over my grass on one side of my house. My grass is nearly gone. It is resilient against general broadleaf weed killers. I will be trying Image for Nutsedge. It is supposed to stop its growth but will take more than one application. - September 2007

Positive trois On Sep 2, 2004, trois from Santa Fe, TX (Zone 9b) wrote:

This plant spreads easily and covers bare spots and is attractive. It does not seem to bother any other plants and stays very low. Good ground cover.


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

Sarasota, Florida
Dacula, Georgia
Bennett, North Carolina
Columbus, North Carolina
Kingston, Tennessee
Lafayette, Tennessee
Dallas, Texas
Huntsville, Texas
Katy, Texas
Longview, Texas
Santa Fe, Texas

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