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Arachis glabrata

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Arachis (a-RAK-is) (Info)
Species: glabrata (GLAB-rah-tuh) (Info)

17 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

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6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

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

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
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:
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Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
By simple layering
By tip layering

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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4 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive TicoGringo On Sep 8, 2014, TicoGringo from Santa Barbara, Heredia
Costa Rica wrote:

This plant was growing on my property when I bought it, and I never knew what it was before today. I live in the tropics where we have six months of rainy season and six months of dry season. My place is in the mountains, and I have very steep slopes in places. This plant is great for the slopes where erosion can be a real problem during rains - the mani plant holds the soil in place very efficiently. It is also very drought tolerant and remains green in the driest part of the dry season. It does spread, but the spread rate is not too high. An added benefit is that it stays close to the ground, so it doesn't really require mowing (or give cover to snakes). Of course the delicate yellow flowers are a major plus. I have only just learned of its value as livestock fodder, so I haven't yet planted any on some land where I have horses and cattle, but that is now on my "to-do" list.

Positive KaraDean On Feb 4, 2012, KaraDean from Henderson, NV wrote:

i really have to get this plant for my yard. Where can I get it in Las Vegas, NV and will it grow well in our heat?

Neutral maxkendall On Jun 5, 2008, maxkendall from Highland Park, FL wrote:

this plant does not seed - it grows by rhizomes.... therefore there is no propagation other than live planting. I have not yet planted but have friends who have and are extremely pleased and glad to have a green lawn that is basically resistant to problems.

Positive MzMunchken On Jun 17, 2006, MzMunchken from Crestview, FL (Zone 7b) wrote:

I have a very steep incline in my backyard and each time we would get a hard rain more and more of the hill would wash away, creating huge gulleys. I bought a tray of starter plants in June 2005 and although listed as tender they withstood our many nights freezes into the low 20's. It is spreading and at the rate that it is growing the entire hill should be covered by the end of summer 2006.

Neutral denisse On Jul 30, 2004, denisse from Camuy, PR wrote:

Resistant to drought conditions. Might exhibit iron deficiency (yellowing) on new leaves in alkaline soils. Difficult to eradicate once established as underground parts sprout up again after clearance.

Positive TamiMcNally On May 25, 2004, TamiMcNally from Lake Placid, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Used as a groundcover
Can be mowed as low as 1.5"
Spreads, but slowly


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

Auburndale, Florida
Brooksville, Florida
Clearwater, Florida
Crestview, Florida
Deltona, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida (3 reports)
Gainesville, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Lady Lake, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
Miami, Florida
Oldsmar, Florida (2 reports)
Palm City, Florida
Palm Harbor, Florida
Punta Gorda, Florida
Sarasota, Florida (3 reports)
Seminole, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Titusville, Florida
Umatilla, Florida
Venice, Florida
Webster, Florida
Henderson, Nevada
Camuy, Puerto Rico

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