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Bacopa caroliniana (Lemon Bacopa)

Blue Waterhyssop, Blue Water Hyssop, Lemon Bacopa, Lemon Water Hyssop


Bacopa caroliniana (Lemon Bacopa) is a creeping or floating perennial wildflower with thick succulent leaves that are heavily lemon-scented when crushed. Blooming from late spring through fall, this aquatic plant boasts a profusion of small bright blue flowers, less than 1 in. (2.5), that attract a variety of small pollinators. Native to the southeastern U.S.A. and Cuba, Lemon Bacopa occurs naturally in coastal shores, tidal muds, marshes, disturbed wetlands. It can be grown above the surface of the water or fully submerged to help oxygenate the water. It looks great in or by the pond, as a houseplant in an aquarium. It makes an excellent groundcover in wet or saturated landscapes as it can spread to form large mats. Fast growing, it has become used as a hanging basket plant by florists.

  • Grows up to 6-12 in. tall (15-30 cm) and 20-40 in. wide (50-100 cm).
  • Performs best in semi-shade outdoors but requires bright light indoors. Heat tolerant, this plant is not drought or salt tolerant.
  • A charming addition to pond areas, water gardens, container water gardens. Streams and bogs are great locations too.
  • No serious pest or disease issues.
  • Propagate by divisions or by cuttings.
  • Native to the southeastern U.S.A. and Cuba.

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 11
Plant Type Aquatic Plants, Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spread 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Water Needs High
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moisture Retentive, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United States, Northeast, Maryland, Southeast, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Southwest, Texas
Tolerance Wet Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Bog Gardens, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers, Ponds and Streams, Water Gardens

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 11
Plant Type Aquatic Plants, Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spread 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Water Needs High
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moisture Retentive, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United States, Northeast, Maryland, Southeast, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Southwest, Texas
Tolerance Wet Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Bog Gardens, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers, Ponds and Streams, Water Gardens

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