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Phyla nodiflora

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

Synonym:Lippia canescens
Synonym:Lippia incisa
Synonym:Lippia nodiflora
Synonym:Lippia repens

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9 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 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:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

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


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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4 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive VioletDumplin On Aug 11, 2012, VioletDumplin from Mobile City, TX wrote:

I placed my frog fruit in a frog-shaped planter (part sun/part shade) and it did quite well with daily watering; however, I don't quite understand where this plant gets its name as I shared its product with my frogs and they all killed over dead....just kiddding.

Positive masnail On Nov 23, 2010, masnail from Kansas City, MO wrote:

This is a very charming plant and the variety of butterflies that appeared to visit it were amazing. I am smack in the center of the usa, near Kansas City, Mo. We have three wet areas, almost bogs, in the wetland flood plain area of the creek that runs through our parks. This year, disgusted with the standing stagnant water I decided to try and plant the spots with "rain garden" shrubs. Actually the only plants I introduced were native Button bush shrub seedlings and in one wet area--transplanted horsetail rushes from another area in the park. The area is often flooded with flash flood waters 1-7' deep. Mid summer I noticed Moneywort - Lysimachia nummularia had appeared, washed in on it's own. This was quickly joined by a dainty ground cover of 10-12" grass that appeared to be--and was in fact-Scirpus cernuus / Fiber-optic grass/Salt Marsh Bullrush which I had seen in garden centers and knew to be Non native. In fact it is a tropical zone plant. This was followed by a strange plant that had me totally stumped. It was also small and dainty and had an unusual flower. I suspected that it was possibly a garden pond escapee like the fiber optic grass because I had never seen anything like it. The Missouri Conservation department finally gave me the name "frog fruit" as a possibility. Searching this online tonight quickly nailed this charming mystery plant because of the flower. Online photos also solved the butterfly mystery. An assortment were visiting this wet area all summer and many were ones I had never seen before. I now recognized several of the butterflies shown on frog fruit. Several places mentioned their attraction as both a nectar and larval food source. One source said, "This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds" Possibly they meant hummingbirds because we also had an unusual number of them around these rain gardens. They seemed torn between the shaded native Jewel weed along the woodland edge and the sunny patch of rain garden. I hope this combination that Mother Nature delivered to us reappears again next summer. The largest area had only Buttonbush, moneywort, fiber optic rush and frog fruit. Because of the plant heights this seemed a perfect combination. This was full sun from 10am-5pm but never dried up all summer. The water averaged 1/2" to 2" deep. From this combination we had something blooming, even though they were all tiny, all summer. Is this global warming? So far I have seen nothing harmful or invasive with these odd little plants since they are filling a seemingly empty niche and grow well with other small plants.

Positive Kameha On Nov 7, 2005, Kameha from Kissimmee, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

This plant grows naturally in all the wet, semi-shady areas of my lawn. It is a common larval food source for the white peacock butterfly and is one of the only known larval food sources for the phaon crescent butterfly. It blooms year round in my yard and is extremely attractive.

Neutral htop On Jul 23, 2005, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

In its native habitats, frog-fruit can be found in moist sandy or rocky areas and is adaptable to most soils. It prefers a moderately fertile soil, but succeeds in poor soils. Preferring sun, when grown in shade the plant makes a lot of vegetative growth but does not produce many blooms. It is very drought tolerant, but looks better with occasional deep watering or planted in milder coastal areas.

This spreading mat-like ground cover is strong enough to serve as a lawn substitute. The less than 1inch leaves are soft green when given supplemental water to gray-green in drought. It blooms from spring through fall. The compact round bloom clusters are about 0.5 to 0.8 inch in diameter shading from pale pink to white in the same cluster. Upon close examination, the throats of the blooms are orangish. In colder climates it goes into semi-dormancy in the winter.

Positive trois On Aug 5, 2004, trois from Santa Fe, TX (Zone 9b) wrote:

This is a neat little plant that grows wild in places not much else grows, but does not invade the yard grass.

Neutral xyris On Feb 17, 2004, xyris from Sebring, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Texas does not have a monopoly on Frog-Fruit, although there is a lot of it there. In Florida it prefers soils a bit higher in pH than average (more than 5.0 in Florida is a higher pH). Does well on roadsides and roadside ditches, as well as in native habitats, and is a "weed" in my yard and garden. It is widespread in tropical, subtropical, and warm temperate regions .. north to Pennsylvania and Oregon in the US.


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

Auburn, Alabama
Phoenix, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Van Buren, Arkansas
Canyon Lake, California
Fairfax, California
Oakland, California
Richmond, California
Bartow, Florida
Big Pine Key, Florida
Boca Raton, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida (4 reports)
Kissimmee, Florida
Miami, Florida
Oldsmar, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Sebring, Florida
Brunswick, Georgia
Kansas City, Missouri
Manteo, North Carolina
Swansea, South Carolina
Arlington, Texas
Austin, Texas (4 reports)
Burleson, Texas
College Station, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Desoto, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas (4 reports)
Haltom City, Texas
Lake Dallas, Texas
Leming, Texas
Rockwall, Texas
San Antonio, Texas (2 reports)
Santa Fe, Texas
Waxahachie, Texas
Weatherford, Texas

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