The Q&A Archives: Lippia Grass

Question: I'm looking for a ground cover called aleppia or alippia grass. It was an excellent spreader and had very small, somewhat lavender flowers on it.

Answer: I think you may be describing Phyla nodiflora, a.k.a. Lippia repens, a.k.a. Lippia, a.k.a. cape-weed. This is a creeping, spreading ground cover which forms a flat, ground-hugging mat sturdy enough to serve as a lawn. It has gray-green leaves about 3/4of a inch long and white to purplish blooms. If you have a piece, you can take a sample to your Cooerative Extension Office. They may be able to identify it for you. I had trouble finding a mail-order source for it; the Extension office may be able to find a supplier for you.<br><br>Good Luck!

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