Creeping Boobialla 'Fine Leaf form'

Myoporum parvifolium

Family: Scrophulariaceae (skrof-yoo-larr-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Myoporum (my-OH-por-um) (Info)
Species: parvifolium (par-vee-FOH-lee-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Fine Leaf form



Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


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Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer



Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

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

Tucson, Arizona

San Diego, California

San Antonio, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 1, 2011, CactusSpike from Sydney,
Australia wrote:

There is a "purpurea" form now around. Its older growth assumes a burgundy tinge. The flowers are white. The foliage grows more compact in full sun. In shade, Creeping Boobialla tends to stretch out & flower less profusely.


On Jan 10, 2007, jh_sanders from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I covered a large area of my yard with only 3 or 4 plants from a 4" pot. After a year or two, they spread out and filled in beautifully. They even survived the first summer our son was born and the backyard only got watered 3 or 4 times. They propagate very easily - I stuck trimmings in a pot of soil and kept it watered and gave the pot to a friend who easily transplanted them into her yard. It isn't meant to be walked on, but has stood up to toddler exploration.


On Sep 26, 2006, mary0114 from Lodi, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I love this groundcover. It does not compete with the surrounding shrubs, helps hold the soil and grows around the other perennials without choking them out. Just love it. And it takes the heat.


On Sep 3, 2006, madyaas from Marina, CA wrote:

A rather neat, fine textured ground cover which stays nice and low. It is not nearly as gaudy as Delosperma cooperi is (which may be a pro or con depending upon your opinion), and seems to have a neater appearance as well. The flowers are a nice touch, but not particularly spectacular.


On Mar 2, 2005, trugreen from San Diego, CA wrote:

i have myoporum growing on many slopes common areas.the ground cover does very well when newly planted over time first to second year i have huge die back has anyone experence same problem?


On Sep 4, 2004, pokerboy from Canberra,
Australia (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a very fast growing groundcover and can eventually spread to around 4.5 to 5.5 metres wide. It's foliage is very fine and pink flowers that appear to be star shaped appear in spring through to summer. A good plant for coastal gardens and for growing under trees. This plant also tolerates drought and frost. A good native from southern Australia. pokerboy.