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Florida Pusley

Richardia scabra

Family: Rubiaceae
Genus: Richardia (rich-AR-dee-uh) (Info)
Species: scabra (SKAY-bruh) (Info)



Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


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Not Applicable

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

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

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

Bartow, Florida

Deland, Florida

Deltona, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Fort Myers, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida (2 reports)

Lakeland, Florida

Miami Beach, Florida

North Fort Myers, Florida

North Palm Beach, Florida

Port Charlotte, Florida

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Sebring, Florida

Venice, Florida

Augusta, Georgia

Townsend, Georgia

Sag Harbor, New York

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 21, 2017, lilibuts from Venice Florida ,
United States wrote:

When I had lawn here in Florida, I hated this weed. It was persistent! I spent a fortune trying to keep the lawn looking decent, not to mention tons of water. So when I moved to a new home I decided NO LAWN at this place! This weed was growing in the yard at the new home which was otherwise bare, dry and nothing but sand and I decided to see what it would do. It's beautiful, chokes out random weeds and grass, forms a pretty mat that has pink flowers all year, requires very little water (perfect for our water restrictions here) and requires absolutely no fussing. It's growing like a....well... WEED. I love it. When it gets too close to specimen plants I just pinch it back. It's 95 degrees here on a daily basis right now (August) and its lush and beautiful with only an occasional sprinkle... read more


On Sep 5, 2014, sadele from Sag Harbor, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:

This popped up in my Long Island, NY garden a month or so ago and has spread over a foot through a stand of solomon's seal and beneath a blueberry & a tea camellia. Took me a while to identify it. It is nice looking and I'm glad to learn it is native to US (tho not this far north) but it is startling how fast it is growing. Not sure what to do with it -- may move it to edge of the woods before it goes to seed.


On Jul 13, 2013, carolmhoffman from Miami Beach, FL wrote:

This sweet little plant makes a great ground cover. We have an acre of "lawn" which is really just mowed native grasses and plants. And Richardia is part of this lawn. I love the little blue/purple flowers.

Once I was walking across our lawn and I could hear the hum of a hundred bees. Where are they, I wondered. I looked down and they were merrily buzzing around the Richardia.

I'd like to know if anyone really has eaten them.

carol hoffman


On Dec 27, 2012, JanetSFL from Juno Beach, FL wrote:

My yard is a sea of this stuff and if indeed edible, I'm in hog heaven and will dig right in. Am growing hydroponic veggies in stacking garden so I'll enjoy something different. I also have sorrel, betony, Spanish needles and probably a lot of other stuff I haven't had time to research. This particular plant was really hard to find a name for and ran into it by chance. My neighbor incorrectly called it Florida Betony but I knew better so kept searching for Florida Lawn Weed, lol. I'm pretty sure FL Pulsey is the real name and thanks for your website!


On Oct 30, 2011, Passionflowerz from Punta Gorda, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

LOL, I know I'm going to get creamed for this, but I actually love this little weed. The flowers are delicate, and it attracts tons of butterflies and bees. And the biggest plus? Wherever it grows, I don't have to mow! It lies low enough to the ground that it makes a perfect field of green and pale lavendar groundcover for all the beneficials. I guess one man's trash is another man's treasure


On Nov 22, 2009, DBauer7998 from Deltona, FL wrote:

Florida Pusley (Richardia scabra) IS a weed that it is difficult to get rid of, but it IS edible, and can be used in salads.


On Aug 21, 2004, xyris from Sebring, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

You think you have it bad in Georgia with this one ... in central Florida it is a PERENNIAL weed! Even the slightest pieces of its thick fleshy taproots left in the ground will resprout, in addition to its prolific seeding. I have seen single plants forming mats up to three feet across. Constantly having to weed this out of my gardens in dry to moist deep sandy soil.


On Aug 11, 2004, deedeeb from DeLand, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

This weed is a big nuisance. It pops up everywhere and I'm constantly pulling it out.


On Aug 6, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is a persistant annual weed. Most complaints are from lawns, but it is a major weed in cultivated crops. The flowers are white and grow in clumps at the end of the stems. The flower is star shaped with six parts connected to form a tube. Florida pusley will flower anytime the temperature is above freezing. Florida pusley spreads by seed. Florida pusley is found in areas of the United States where warm-season grasses proliferate.