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Monnier's Water-hyssop Bacopa monnieri

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
buh-KOH-puh mon-ee-AIR-ee
Description

Monnier's Water-hyssop is a native perennial wildflower found in freshwater tidal marshes, riparian areas, streams, pools, and muddy shores. This plant is heat tolerant, but not drought tolerant at all. This plant is often used in hanging baskets and in aquariums and is sometimes sold for medicinal purposes.

The small succulent leaves are evergreen and the small white flowers have a long blooms season. Grow in moist to wet soils, along streams and ponds or in a bog garden in full sun to partial shade.

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Tags:
#heat tolerant#moths#native perennial#riparian#wet sites#NC native#ponds#native wildflower#wildflower garden#marshes#Coastal OBL#food source herbage#food source nectar#Piedmont Mountains OBL#bird friendly#butterflies#streams#wildflower#aquariums#bog gardens#audubon
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#heat tolerant#moths#native perennial#riparian#wet sites#NC native#ponds#native wildflower#wildflower garden#marshes#Coastal OBL#food source herbage#food source nectar#Piedmont Mountains OBL#bird friendly#butterflies#streams#wildflower#aquariums#bog gardens#audubon
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Bacopa
    Species:
    monnieri
    Family:
    Plantaginaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Used in Ayurvedic medicine
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Tropical and subtropical Americas
    Distribution:
    AL , AZ , CA , FL , GA , HI , LA , MD , MS , NC , OK , SC , TX , VA
    Wildlife Value:
    Host plant to White Peacock Butterfly
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Larval Host
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Habit/Form:
    Creeping
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
    Occasional Flooding
    Occasionally Wet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    8b, 8a, 9b, 9a, 10b, 10a, 11b, 11a
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Fruit Description:
    Fruits are available June-November.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Solitary
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Long Bloom Season
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Bell
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Flowers bloom April until frost. They are bell-shaped, white with pinkish or blue tinges in color and occur in the axil of the leaves.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Fleshy
    Glossy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Small succulent leaves are oval, simple and opposite with entire margins.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Form:
    Straight
    Stem Surface:
    Smooth (glabrous)
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Container
    Hanging Baskets
    Pond
    Riparian
    Landscape Theme:
    Native Garden
    Water Garden
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Moths
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Heat
    Wet Soil