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Mazus reptans
Mazus reptans

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Zones 1-9, 14-24, 31-34, 39
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Mazus reptans

Scrophulariaceae
Deciduous, Evergreen, Ground covers, Perennials

Himalayan native to 2 in. high; spreads to 1 ft. or wider by slender stems that creep and root along the ground. Sparsely toothed, rather narrow leaves are bright green, about 1 in. long. Spring and early summer flowers are 3/4 in. across, purplish blue with white and yellow markings; they appear in clusters of two to five. In shape, the blossoms resemble those of monkey flower (Mimulus). Use in rock gardens, as a small-scale groundcover, or as filler between pavers (takes heavy foot traffic in this last role). Needs rich soil. Evergreen in mild-winter climates; in colder areas, freezes to ground but usually recovers quickly in spring if protected over winter by snow cover or light mulch.

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