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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10a -1.1 °C (30 °F) to +1.7 °C (35 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 24 to 36 inches
Plant Spread: 24 to 36 inches
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Lavender
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Year Round
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Uses: Groundcover
Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Birds
Containers: Suitable for hanging baskets
Needs excellent drainage in pots


Some annuals are great houseplants, some can be saved over winterSome annuals are great houseplants, some can be saved over winter
By purpleinopp on April 30, 2021

A lot of plants sold in the "annuals" section at stores are perennials that can't survive year-round outside where they are sold, so they are referred to as annuals to avoid any unrealistic expectations. Perennial plants have a range of hardiness zones, which can be easily checked if you're curious about a particular plant.

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Posted by woofie (NE WA - Zone 5a) on May 27, 2012 5:14 PM

This plant is extremely easy to propagate from cuttings. Break off a piece, strip the leaves off a couple of inches of stem, stick it in a pot and water it. Almost guaranteed to grow. The ones I have now are descendants from a start given to me by a friend over 40 years ago. Everyone I knew in California had at least one of these growing indoors, but we called them "Creeping Charlie." It's easy to grow and, at least in my experience, pest-free. I've never seen an aphid, a white fly or a mealy bug on one of these.

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Posted by sheeba46 on May 1, 2021 3:46 AM

As a garden escapee into native bushland, it is very invasive and runs rampart, smothering native ground plants.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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This sure looks like Swedish Ivy by plantladylin Jul 16, 2016 11:33 AM 2
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Plant advice needed for outdoor planters! by theseventhsun Sep 26, 2021 1:28 AM 24
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What plants do you think are more cold hardy than they're thought to be? by Dewberry Nov 15, 2021 12:34 PM 27
Identify house plant by GeorgieGarden May 25, 2020 3:34 AM 2
what is this plant name? by Unknown_Gardener May 23, 2020 6:44 AM 4
ID and propagation by jaydewagner Mar 5, 2020 11:14 PM 9
Maybe an herb ID please by Southamerica Jul 24, 2019 10:17 PM 1

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