California Phyla Nodiflora Native Ground Cover

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California Phyla Nodiflora Native Ground Cover

Month Long Growth of California Phyla Nodiflora

Hello everyone, this is Razy from Sod and Seed, and this quick video blog is to showcase the growth of the Native Lippia (or Frog Fruit, or Turkey Tangle Frog Fruit, or Phyla Nodiflora, it goes by many names). We’ll go ahead and show some pictures of the growth you can expect in about a month.

Phyla Nodiflora Drought Tolerant Ground Cover

Alrighty everyone, so this is the area where the native Lippia (or Frog Fruit or Turkey Tangle or Phyla Nodiflora) was planted on June 1st in Fresno, California. If you Fresno, you know it gets really hot. By June, we have summer temperatures for sure. 

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Phyla Nodiflora, also referred to as Frog Fruit or Turkey Tangle and Native Lippia.

Planting or Installing a Phyla Nodiflora Lawn

As you can probably tell, the area was only halfway prepped. What we mean by halfway prepped is that the lawn wasn’t treated for weeds beforehand and it was not perfectly level. We also did not perfectly measure the plantings. Otherwise, we didn’t use specific measurements in terms of the Lippia being installed.

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Turkey Tangle can also be planted in pots and makes a great hanging plant!

Watering a Phyla Nodiflora Lippia Lawn

The Phyla Nodiflora ground cover was in full sun between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. The native Lippia lawn was watered by hand about 3-4 times per day between 7:00 am - 2:00 pm. The Phyla Nodiflora lawn was monitored for moisture regularly. On hotter days when the temperature was above 100 degrees, which was at the very least about a week during the month, the Frog Fruit ground cover lawn was monitored more frequently throughout the day to ensure it was moist enough. The Turkey Tangle ground cover lawn was weeded by hand throughout this month-long process. If you look closely, you can see on the outside, or perimeter of the Lippia lawn, the water marked by darker soil, showing that we made sure the lawn was moist enough. So, this is what you can expect from the native Lippia in terms of growth in about a month during this time of year.


Native Lippia Phyla Nodiflora Lawn

There you have it, folks! In our video you get a good look at the growth of a Lippia lawn over the course of one month. The Frog Fruit ground cover lawn was in full sun most of the day. There was a little bit of shade at the beginning of the day because there’s a fence on the eastern side. So, as the sun rises there’s just a tiny bit of shade for a while in the morning. Then, as the sun sets in the west, you can see there’s a fence behind the Lippia lawn, which provides a little bit of evening shade for this Turkey Tangle ground cover lawn. But, other than that there’s no obstructions casting a shadow or any type of shade.

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Lippia Lawn in Bloom

Thank You!

So, for the most part, this lawn is in sun. You can tell by its uniform growth that it is happily loving the sun for most of the day. And, the growth you saw, again, was over one month from June 1st to June 30th. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us. Thanks for joining us!

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  • How many phyla nodiflora plugs would be needed to cover 400 sq ft area? Thanks!

    Lucy Rasmussen on
  • Thank you for the great video on the phyla nodiflora. My wife and I have decided to order some from you and give it a try.

    Steve S. on
  • The video about the native ground cover phyla nodiflora was nice. Thank you for posting the gardening video!

    Susan T. on

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