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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Plant Height: 6 to 18 inches
Leaves: Other: Pubescent (soft/fuzzy) near the margins.
Fruiting Time: Other: 3 to 4 part capsule containing numerous flat, obovate seeds.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Lavender
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Other Beneficial Insects
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil


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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Apr 16, 2012 6:51 AM

Honey bees get nectar and pollen from this plant. The honey is light colored.

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Posted by farmerdill (Augusta Georgia - Zone 8a) on Sep 12, 2014 4:46 PM

This annual is a real nuisance in both cultivated fields and lawns. Emerges in numbers and becomes a large spreading plant. Fortunately, it is easy to pull or remove by mechanical cultivation. Unless it is controlled it will choke down most vegetable plants and create holes in the lawn. I don't know how far north it goes, but it is a problem in middle Georgia.

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Posted by stone (near Macon Georgia (USA) - Zone 8a) on Oct 14, 2019 1:49 PM

Mexican clover (richardia scabra) is host to the tersa hawk moth (xylophanes tersa) and provides nectar to a variety of butterflies. Unfortunately, doesn't add nitrogen to the soil... But the chickens love it when they can get it!

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