The Q&A Archives: Bacopa

Question: I grow Bacopa (snowstorm) in Hanging Baskets.
Now the leaves are turning dark red/brown. Is this because the change off the season? Can they handle cold weather?

Answer: The bacopa genus belongs to the figwort family. Also known as water hyssop, most are small aquatic and subaquatic herbaceous plants. Bacopas are usually planted in bog gardens, shallow-water pools, and aquariums, preferring water temperatures of 60 to 70 degrees F. They produce their flowers above water in mid-summer. Bacopa is perennial in temperate regions like the southwest and partially up the Atlantic seaboard. It forms a mat of roots and leaves and flowers in the summer. In your region it should be winter hardy. If the plants are looking a bit bedraggled, it's probably just weather related. Water regularly but don't fertilize your plants until new growth begins in the spring.

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