Frogfruit | Phylla nodiflora | Florida Native Ground Cover & Lawn Alternative

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Phyla nodiflora

4" pots, shipped in pot. GREAT lawn alternative and pollinator plant. 

Frogfruit, Turkey Tangle Fogfruit, Capeweed


Plant Specifics

Size: 6 inches
Life Span: Long-lived perennial
Flower Color: White,purple
Phenology: Evergreen. Blooms all year.
Habitats: Dry-moist-wet sites. Disturbed wet prairies, ruderal areas.


Recommended Uses: Low growing groundcover. Can be used as a turf substitute in low traffic areas.
Light:  Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance: Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray Tolerance: Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.
Soil/Substrate: Clay, Loam, Sand



  •  Larval host  for common buckeye (Junonia coenia), phaon crescent (Phyciodes phaon) and white peacock (Anartia jatrophae) butterflies. 
  • Nectar plant for barred yellow (Eurema daira), ceraunus blue (Hemiargus ceraunus), field skipper (Atalopedes campestris), gray hairstreak (Strymon melinus), little metalmark (Calephelis virginiensis), Miami blue (Cyclargus thomasi bethunebakeri), Palatka skipper (Euphyes pilatka), phaon crescent, queen (Danaus gilippus), swarthy skipper (Nastra lherminier), tropical checkered-skipper (Pyrgus oileus) and other butterflies.
  • Natural Range in Florida
    USDA Zones

    Suitable to grow in:
    10A 10B 11 8A 8B 9A 9B 

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