Frog Fruit Ground Cover 2022

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Frog Fruit Ground Cover

Frog Fruit Ground Cover Information

Good afternoon everyone, this is Razy from Sod and Seed. In today's video blog, we are gonna be talking about native ground cover plants and featuring our Frog Fruit. Frog Fruit is also referred to as Turkey Tangle Frog Fruit, or just Turkey Tangle, Phyla Nodiflora, and has a common name of Lippia. It is a native plant used as a ground cover. For today's video, we’ll be referring to it as Frog Fruit since that is the name a lot of people use to identify it. We offer Frog Fruit in plug from. 

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Frog Fruit Low Growing Ground Cover

Frog Fruit Creeping Ground Cover Plants

There are two really great traits that Frog Fruit has to offer as a native ground cover plant. Firstly, Frog Fruit never has to be mowed. Frog Fruit doesn’t grow very tall and generally, its seasonal flowers are what reach the peak of its height. Frog Fruit has sturdy stolons that grow in two directions simulatenously. Frog Fruit grows laterally, and with lateral growth, Frog Fruit is also rooting itself down into the ground at each node. Frog Fruit ground cover grows sideways and when it runs out of soil to root, it can sometimes have a hanging look. Frog Fruit ground cover has a creeping-like growth pattern. 

Frog Fruit Low Maintenance Ground Cover

Frog Fruit is a very low-maintenance ground cover. Frog Fruit ground cover grows very close to the ground, giving it an uncanny resemblance to grass. Frog Fruit also has a similar green color to grass! In our video, you can see that the Frog Fruit ground cover has grown approximately an inch above the soil surface, with some parts at half an inch. Frog Fruit doesn't primarily grow upward as grass does, it grows laterally, maintaining its growth low to the ground.

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Frog Fruit Ground Cover to Prevent Weeds

The dense growth of Frog Fruit ground cover provides it with a density that makes it very resistant to weeds and other diseases. Frog Fruit ground cover is a fast growing ground cover! Although, if you've dealt with weeds before, you know that you cannot ever truly stop nature's course, and weeds are part of that! However, Frog Fruit is one of the best ground cover plants to prevent weeds. In our video, you can see that Frog Fruit grows very tight. Frog Fruit stolons grow adjacently tight and even cross over and under each other. At the same time, Frog Fruit is growing tight to the ground because at each node it is rooting into the soil. Together, the Frog Fruit growth patterns provide a complex rooting system. It can be hard to find a little nook in a Frog Fruit ground cover area that is bare or easily pulled apart. Frog Fruit can tolerate foot traffic with its dense growth too, making it ideal for walking or other moderate activities. 


Frog Fruit Drought Tolerant Ground Cover

Frog Fruit Full Sun Ground Cover

The second trait that Frog Fruit has and why it’s sought after a lot is that Frog Fruit ground cover is extremely drought tolerant that loves full sun. This makes Frog Fruit a ground cover that is green year-round, withstanding cooler climates and hotter temperatures as well. So, this does mean that Frog Fruit ground cover will have a little bit of a longer rooting and establishment period than traditional sod. Traditional sod generally roots and establishes between 2-3 weeks. This white flower ground cover will require a 1.5 - 2 month rooting and establishment period. Once that rooting system is established, it will make for a lawn that loves full sun and can survive drought and heat. Kurapia grass or Kurapia ground cover takes on this ttait from it. 

Frog Fruit Ground Covers for Sun

While some plants wither in sun and heat, Frog Fruit ground cover and other plants developed from it like Kurapia grass ground cover, love the sun and warmer climate. Frog Fruit ground cover also gets some of its drought tolerance because it's a native plant.

Frog Fruit Ground Cover Flowers

In our video, you can see Frog Fruit ground cover mid-blooming season, showing off its ground cover flowers! The small, white flowers bloom between May and October. The Frog Fruit ground cover flowers do attract pollinators such as butterflies and bees. So, some folks do mow off the Frog Fruit ground cover flowers during its blooming season to avoid attracting pollinators like bees.

CLICK HERE to view our Native Lippia Video Blog

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Frog Fruit Ground Cover Seasonal Flowers Blooming

Best Ground Cover Plants

Here you have it, among the best ground cover plants you have Frog Fruit! Again, also referred to as Turkey Tangle Frogfruit, Lippia, and Phyla nodiflora. Frog Fruit is a native plant used as an alternative ground cover. So, Frog Fruit is used in the same way you would use grass to install on a lawn. Frog Fruit ground cover is excellent for both residential lawns and commercial lawns. Frog Fruit ground cover makes an excellent lawn because it is natural, drought-tolerant, saves water, is low maintenance, never has to be mowed, and is a native plant! 

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