Lippia Ground Cover

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Lippia Ground Cover

Lippia ground cover, also known as Phyla Nodiflora, Frog Fruit, and Turkey Tangle, is a Native ground cover. Lippia ground cover uses only half the amount of water compared to grass and never requires mowing. Forget about the hassle of keeping up with mowing sessions during your free time! With seasonal trimming and minimal vertical growth, Lippia ground cover hugs the ground, and its leaves grow sideways instead of upward. Lippia ground cover thrives in direct sun and is well-suited for hot climates. Lippia ground cover spreads out like bermudagrass and can repair itself if damaged. This ground cover has the highest drought tolerance and recovers remarkably well even after severe drought conditions, making it an excellent choice to replace traditional sod or grass.

Lippia ground cover, native plant lawn alternative!

Lippia ground cover is native to North and South America. Lippia ground cover thrives in warm weather and is ideal for direct sun and hot climates. However, Lippia ground cover is not suitable for snowy or heavily frosty areas. On the East Coast, Lippia Ground Cover is sometimes referred to as Turkey Tangler and has different varieties in Florida.

Lippia ground cover is particularly well-suited in North America due to its evergreen characteristics. Lippia ground cover typically stays close to the ground, reaching a maximum height of 3 inches before spreading horizontally. As it grows from plugs, its stems become thicker, keeping most leaves flat against the ground and creating an effective weed barrier requiring very little maintenance.

Native Lippia Plant or Kurapia Ground Cover?

Lippia ground cover is the original plant used to create Kurapia, a new hybrid variation of ground cover. The key distinction between these two ground covers is that Kurapia is sterile, while Lippia ground cover is not, as it can reproduce through seeds. Both Kurapia and Lippia ground cover are evergreen and highly drought-resistant. One noticeable difference is that Lippia ground cover produces purple flowers, whereas Kurapia has white flowers, although this can vary depending on soil pH and weather conditions. Additionally, it's important to note that Lippia ground cover is native to California, whereas the hybrid Kurapia was developed in Japan, leading to some differences in growth and aesthetic patterns such as flower color. 

Lippia as a Pollinator

Starting in early May, Lippia ground cover starts producing small white, yellow, and purple flowers, which provide essential pollen for the local ecosystem. If you have concerns about bee allergies or prefer not to have these flowers, consider mowing every two weeks until the end of the flowering season. Once they've wilted, the flowers can be left on the lawn or mowed without issue. Remember that while it's unnecessary to mow if you want a healthy, full lawn, we recommend it as an option. If you choose to mow, start with the highest setting before making any trims.


Lippia Plugs

Lippia ground cover is currently offered in plug form with a 1-3 week advance order option. Our plugs are provided in standard trays, and it is advisable to plant them promptly. We take great care to ensure that our Lippia ground cover plugs are in optimal health and ready for planting. If you require different sizes of frog fruit or Lippia ground cover, please contact us directly at 1-800-381-8163.

Lippia Ground Cover Drought Tolerance

Native ground covers such as Lippia ground cover offer an excellent alternative for ground covering, demanding less water and maintenance compared to conventional sod lawns. In case of damage, they recover more quickly in hot weather than cool-season grasses such as Kentucky bluegrass.

Lippia Ground Cover Availability

We are currently about 2-3 weeks out on our Lippia Ground Cover or Frog Fruit orders after being placed. Please give our staff a call for an updated delivery timeline. Note that orders are generally 2-3 weeks out during the warm season. During the cold season, shipments can be delayed past 2-3 weeks due to weather conditions. Shipments can also be delayed due to other unforeseen factors. We thank you in advance for your patience as we prioritize the quality and readiness of the plugs for shipping. Please call us at 1-800-381-8163 for the most updated availability.

Lippia Reviews

Lippia Ground Cover reviews are on this page and can also be found on our Frog Fruit, Turkey Tangle, and Phyla nodiflora product pages. If you have any questions about phyla nodiflora, please call us at 1-800-381-8163.

Lippia Plug Delivery

All our Lippia Ground Cover plugs are dispatched via certified mail, except for those in close proximity to our California farm. Lippia Ground Cover is robust but should be promptly planted in your lawn area. Ensure that you plant the Lippia Ground Cover plug approximately 1/8 inch below ground level and cover it with soil for optimal soil contact.

Please take note that during the warm season, orders typically have a 2-3 week lead time. However, shipments may experience more than 2-3 weeks of delays in colder seasons due to adverse weather conditions or unforeseen factors. We appreciate your patience as we prioritize the quality and readiness of the plugs for shipping and transplanting. For the most up-to-date availability, please reach out to us at 1-800-381-8163.

Lippia Plant Delivery

We currently only provide the native version of the Lippia Ground Cover plant. However, if you are looking for a similar product in sod form, please visit our Kurapia sod product page at the link below. We currently do not sell Phyla Nodiflora seed at this time, and Kurapia seed is unavailable. 

Kurapia Ground Cover Link >

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