Life on the Turkey Tangle

 

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Phyla nodiflora

Turkey Tangle Frogfruit, that is! Phyla nodiflora (Turkey Tangle Frogfruit) is a groundcover and is so common that it grows in every county in Florida, from wetlands to non-wetlands. P. nodiflora does, however, seem to prefer moist soils but is tolerant of drought once established. In our garden, Frogfruit grows in both moist and dry situations and is happiest where the ground stays moist longer, resulting in denser patches. In the areas where it stays mostly dry, the ground cover is sparse and does not live up to its full potential.

 

 

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Strymon melinus (Gray Hairstreak) on Phyla nodiflora

Not only is “Turkey Tangle Frogfruit” fun to say, it is a three for one larval host for Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia), Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon) and White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae) butterflies. Several small butterfly species and other pollinators such as bees enjoy the nectar from the small flowers. Phyla nodiflora is easily propagated from cuttings or simply dug up from your lawn and relocated elsewhere in your landscape. It is not unusual to find Phyla nodiflora growing in residential lawns where some folks might not realize they already have it. 

 

 

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Leptotes cassius (Cassius Blue) on Phyla nodiflora

View the Phyla nodiflora (Turkey Tangle Frogfruit) plant profile at Florida Native Plant Society HERE!

 

Find Phyla nodiflora (Turkey Tangle Frogfruit) and other Florida native plants at a Florida native plants nursery by visiting Florida Association of Native Nurseries HERE!

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