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Phyla nodiflora - (L.)Greene.

Common Name Frogfruit, Turkey tangle fogfruit
Family Verbenaceae
USDA hardiness 9-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Near the coast in Australia[154]. A ommon weed in the warmer areas of China, where it grows along stream banks and in grassy places at elevations of 300 - 2300 metres[266].
Range E. Asia - China to Australia - New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria. S. America.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Tender Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Phyla nodiflora Frogfruit, Turkey tangle fogfruit


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Phyla nodiflora is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.2 m (0ft 8in) by 1 m (3ft 3in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10. It is in flower from May to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

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Synonyms

Lippia nodiflora. Verbena nodiflora. Zapania nodiflora.

Habitats

 Ground Cover; South Wall. By. West Wall. By.

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses: Tea

Leaves[144, 177]. No more details are given. The fresh leaves are used as a tea substitute. A grassy flavour, it is nothing special[144].

Medicinal Uses

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Anodyne  Antibacterial  Deobstruent  Diuretic  Emmenagogue  Parasiticide  Refrigerant

The plant is anodyne, antibacterial, deobstruent, diuretic, emmenagogue, parasiticide and refrigerant[218]. It is used in the treatment of hookworm[218]. The juice of the plant is cooling and is used to relieve fevers, coughs and colds[272]. The aroma of the inhaled plant is breathed in to treat coughs and colds[272]. The juice of the root is used in the treatment of gastric troubles[272].

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Other Uses

Parasiticide

A good ground cover for dry sunny banks[200], this plant has been used as a grass substitute for lawns in tropical areas, though it would probably not tolerate heavy traffic[157, 200].

Cultivation details

Succeeds in any well-drained soil in a sunny position[200]. Prefers a moderately fertile soil, but succeeds in soils of low fertility[200]. Prefers ample moisture according to one report[157], whilst another says that, once established, it is drought tolerant[200]. When grown in shade the plant makes a lot of vegetative growth but does not flower well[157]. This species is not very hardy in Britain, though it can be grown outdoors as a half-hardy annual in this country[1]. Plants tolerate temperatures down to at least -7°c in Australian gardens[157] though this cannot be translated directly to British gardens due to our cooler summers and longer colder and wetter winters.

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Propagation

Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed in a greenhouse in the middle of spring. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in late spring or early summer. If trying to grow this plant as a perennial do not plant them out the first spring but grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in spring.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Author

(L.)Greene.

Botanical References

154200266

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