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PlantFiles: Green Carpetweed
Mollugo verticillata

Family: Molluginaceae
Genus: Mollugo (mol-LOO-go) (Info)
Species: verticillata (ver-ti-si-LAH-tuh) (Info)

Synonym:Mollugo berteriana


under 6 in. (15 cm)

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Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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No positives
2 neutrals
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative Farmerdill On Sep 12, 2014, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Persistant plant in cultivated plots. It is easy to remove by either cultivation or pulling. But it serves no useful purpose under those conditions so I rate it as negative. It is seed propagated and an annual so one does not have to deal with persistant roots.

Negative Malus2006 On Feb 18, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

Very persisting weed that will colonize any exposured soil in sun in my yard - a bit of pain to pull out as they lies flat to the ground. Often grows with Purslanes.

Neutral HarryNJ On Jul 21, 2005, HarryNJ from Ocean Grove, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:

Fairly abundant weed in my veg. garden, but I don't rate it any worse than neutral since it is easy to pull, is so dainty in habit that it doesn't really choke out desirable plants and does not re-root once pulled up.

Neutral Monocromatico On Feb 7, 2004, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

Froms South America to Canada, this plant is considered an invasive weed. I checked the USDA website, and noticed that its occurrance is registered in 47 states of USA. Here in Brazil, itīs considered both a noxious weed and an important species, ecologically (a weed because it invades grasslands, and itīs suspected to be toxic for the cattle. Important, because it is one of the first plants to take over empty areas of white sand near the sea, being important for the further colonization of those areas).

It is a prostrate plant, crawling over with thin and ramified stems. The leaves are long, coming in three or four in each node. The flowers are tiny and white, and most of them will produce fruits and seeds.

It reproduces fast, and doesnīt mind the kind of soil, nor the temperature, if it doesnīt go to extremes of heat and cold. It invades sunny areas with at least a little rain.


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

Ashdown, Arkansas
Augusta, Georgia
Benton, Kentucky
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Neptune, New Jersey
Austin, Texas

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