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Sutera cordata
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Zones 15-17, 21-25, 27, H2
Full Sun
Full
Regular Water
Moderate

Sutera cordata

Bacopa
Scrophulariaceae
Annuals, Perennials

From moist regions of South Africa. Wiry-stemmed creeper with toothed leaves. Often sold as “bacopa.” Blooms from late spring to frost, producing small, five-petaled, golden-throated flowers. Use in hanging baskets or as a small-scale groundcover.

Original variety (sold as ‘Snowflake’) has 1/4-in. white flowers and grows 1–2 in. high, spreading 1–2 ft. in a growing season; eventually covers 3–4 ft. in mild climates. ‘Giant Snowflake’ is more vigorous, reaching 6–8 in. high and 3–4 ft. wide in a season; its white flowers are 1/2 in. wide. ‘Snowstorm’ resembles ‘Giant Snowflake’ but blooms more profusely and has greater heat tolerance. ‘Snowstorm Blue’ and ‘Snowstorm Pink’ are also available. ‘Olympic Gold’ has leaves splotched with yellow but is otherwise identical to ‘Snowstorm’ (to which it sometimes reverts).

Needs good drainage, good air circulation; likes rich soil, regular fertilizer. Don’t allow it to dry out; if it wilts, it probably won’t recover. Pinch branches often to keep plant shapely. If a thick layer of dead stems builds up under foliage, remove dead material and cut plant back to leave 5–6-in.-long branches with leafy growth.

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