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




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


Unknown - Tell us


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:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

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

Auburn, Alabama

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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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 23, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

An aggressively spreading perennial. Leaves are often mottled due to a viral infection.

Hardy to USDA Z6.

Native to Cuba, Nicaragua, Mexico, and TX and the Gulf coast north to the southern midwest and northeast, including KS, MO, IL, to PA, NJ, and CT. Naturalized and a noxious weed in CA. Has been declared threatened in Indiana and endangered in NJ and KS.


On Jul 23, 2016, karnirperez from Auburn, AL wrote:

This plant seems to have all the characteristics of a successful native: it spreads quickly, pollinates itself underground as well as above, has deep roots, does well under various conditions, etc., etc. Extremely difficult to get rid of if you don't want it to go all over. I'm trying to clear some areas that will be rain gardens and having a harder time getting rid of it than of any other plant, even Liriope spicata. I've used an artist's brush to coat the leaves with undiluted brushkiller (talk about painstaking), tried cutting off the main stem and painting the tiny stump, and can't tell whether I'm making headway or not, because more seem to pop up the next day. Not a plant you want if you want it to stay in a particular area. Yikes!


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.


On Apr 10, 2012, visionlx from Asheville, NC (Zone 7a) 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.


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?


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


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.