Sutera cordata

Bacopa Plants – Colorful filler plants

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Bacopa Plants (Sutera cordata).  Also called the water hyssop plant because it resembles the hyssop plants. These plants are annuals in the lower elevations of the southwest they will not come back the following year.

It is a trailing plant perfect for hanging baskets or plants to fill with other annuals or perennials.  It is important to keep the plant from drying out as it will not flower again.  Keep moist but not soggy wet and fertilize with a good 20-20-20 all-purpose fertilizer.  This great little flowering plant is native to South Africa.  It can grow up to 3-4 ft. in height and will spread almost 4 ft. wide.

There are numerous species but the most common are the white and purple types.  The Megacopa is a dark purple flower and there are many types of white varieties.  You can see more of these plants over at Monrovia.com

The Bacopa plant is easy to grow and maintain during the spring, summer and fall growing months.  There is no pruning or deadheading involved.  Just plant, water and fertilize occasionally.

It is considered an annual in hotter regions zone 8 or below.  It is a perennial in cooler regions USDA zones 9,10, and 11.

The White Bacopa Plant

 

Bacopa Plants
White Bacopa Plants in a garden container.

White trailing Bocapa in a garden box.


The Purple Bacopa Plant

Bacopa Plant
The purple Bacopa plant in a decorative pot.

Problems with this plant.

Aphids and powdery are sometimes a problem with this plant. One of the best sprays to remove both problems is Neem oil. Neem oil is an organic insecticide/fungicide/miticide and can be used often until the problems have been removed. This product does have side effects so it is important to read instructions thoroughly before using it.

More information about Insects and diseases on plants.

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