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Wetlands & Streambanks

 

Latin name...Lippia nodiflora...Waterfall/ Oklahoma it's Phyla incisa...

 

Good nectar plant for many butterflies and bees...

such as:   Tropical Checkered Skipper ...

Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak...

Crescents...

Small Skippers...

Blues...

Metalmarks...

Common larval food for:     White Peacock Butterfly...

Phaon Crescent Butterfly...

Buckeye Butterfly...

Seeds for birds:       Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens)...

assorted songbirds...

Ducks...

Indeterminant Blooming period...May thru Oct...Prolific seed producer...

Grows in southern half of the United States...

Has a series of small whitish flowers circling the fruiting mechanism about the size of the end joint of a lady's little finger...as the seed blooms a new ring of flowers starts again, moving up the seed rachis...

Perennial, stoloniferous, forb/ herb...

Grows on a variety of soils...sand , loam, clay, caliche, limestone...tolerates poor drainage and is salt tolerant... 

Shade tolerant and also likes full sun...can tolerate drought and flooding...

Used in landscaping, 3 to 12 inches tall (prostrate)...semi-evergreen in southern climates...

I found it as an understory plant to American Bulrush (3 sq)...a wetland situation...

Seed is available...$300/pound or $15/oz or $5/gram...

Chuck Grimes...........WWW.Grasslander.com...