Turkey Tangle

Phyla nodiflora

Frog Fruit, Sawtooth Fogfruit, Matchweed

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This ground-hugging perennial has an excellent tolerance to foot traffic and pets. The clusters of white to lavender-pink flowers appear from spring to autumn and are attractive to bees. This pretty plant is an idea turf substitute, very hardy and is drought tolerant once established.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer, Autumn, Spring

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

The leaves can be harvested and used fresh to make tea.

Propagation

Seed

Sow seeds in a greenhouse in 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.

Division

Divide in spring.

Special features

Drought resistant

Turkey Tangle is fairly drought tolerant once established but flourishes when watered moderately.

Pot plant

Turkey Tangles make excellent plants for growing in hanging pots.

Attracts useful insects

Frogfruit generally is a good nectar plant for butterflies.

Special features

Origin

South America and the United States

Natural climate

Tropical

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Edible

The leaves are edible and fresh leaves are used as a tea substitute and have a grassy flavour.

Personality

Family

Verbenaceae

Flower colour

Pink, Purple, White

Scent

None

Problems

Phyla nodiflora is generally not bothered by pests or diseases.
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