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Bacopa caroliniana

Bacopa caroliniana
lemon bacopa

Common name lemon bacopa
Family plantaginaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z7-10)
Flowers blue
Size 1-2"
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes moist soil

Native to marshy areas of the southeastern US, bacopa is used as both an aquarium plant and a pond plant. Ours is planted in the bog filter of our pond, where its roots help to take up nutrients from the water stream. Its common name refers to the lemony fragrance given off by crushing its succulent, small rounded leaves. The photo at right was taken just after the plant was installed in the pond; the photo at top shows how much it has already grown in two weeks. Fish poop is powerful fertilizer!

Bacopa caroliniana
First tiny blue flower spotted amid the foliage
lemon bacopa
Continuing its steady expansion
Bacopa caroliniana

A few years later, the bacopa has been pushed out of the bog filter area atop the waterfall by the sturdy expansion of taller neighbors (crinum, acora). But a few pieces persist at the bottom of the waterfall, on the ledge from which water spills back into the pond. Not making much of an impact, but still producing its little blue flowers.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: waterfall pond

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