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Phuopsis stylosa

Phuopsis stylosa
creeping crosswort

Common name creeping crosswort
Family rubiaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z5-10)
Flowers pink (summer)
Size 6-8"
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes drought-tolerant
From seed Easy, germinates at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below

Ferny-leaved evergreen groundcover, spreading to about three feet. Rounded pink umbels in summer. Our seed-grown plants already spread themselves out a good bit in their first year, and came into flower in early June of year two. An interesting attribute of these plants is the scent of their foliage - decidedly skunk-like. It doesn't seem to emit too aggressively (I don't notice our small patch planted a couple of feet away from our front walkway), but it was enough to nix these plants' presence in my spring plant sale, which takes place in our garage.

Phuopsis stylosa

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from NARGS '07/'08 exchange. Baggy 70F (100%G, 5-10d)

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