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Phyla nodiflora

TURKEY TANGLE FOGFRUIT

CAPEWEED

CARPETWEED

Synonym: Lippia nodiflora

Florida native

 

A common wildflower of beaches, hammocks and disturbed sites throughout most of Florida. The range extends through the southeastern coastal plain as far north as Pennsylvania and New Jersey and westward across the southern tier of states. Also occurrs in Oklahoma, Kansas, Oregon, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Turkey tangle fogfruit has tiny purplish-white flowers in rounded clusters that become cylindrical with age on long stalks. The corolla is two-lipped, the upper lip with two lobes, the lower three-lobed. Leaves of Phyla nodiflora are opposite, stalked, obovate or spatulate, widest above the middle, toothed near the tip, with a tapered base.
This low-growing wildflower has many common names, going by both fogfruit and frog-fruit, plus capeweed and carpetweed - alluding to the tendency to grow in large patches.
Often visited by various butterflies, Phyla nodiflora is a host plant for phaon crescent(Phyciodes phaon), the common buckeye(Junonia coenia) and white peacock(Anartia jatrophae) butterflies.

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Phyla nodiflora is a member of the Verbenaceae - Verbena family.
 

Native Florida Plants

  Robert G. Haehle; Joan Brookwell
 Low Maintenance Landscaping and Gardening

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Native Florida Plants
Native landscapes are easier to maintain, use less water and thrive without chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Native Florida Plants describes every type of regional flora—-from seaside foliage and wildflowers to grassy meadows, shrubs, vines, and aquatic gardens—-in 301 profiles and accompanying color photographs.


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