|Prostrate Myoporum, Myoporum parvifolium.|
Photo March 23, 2003 In Glendale, Arizona.
Common Landscape Plant.
|Myoporum parvifolium Blossoms.|
Native Of Australia.
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A dense, weed suppressing evergreen, perennial, ground cover, native of Southwest Asia, brought to the US from Australia, used at one time in Arizona for Xeriscape Landscaping. Individual plants will cover an area in excess of one square yard. In Australia, it is said the fruits are quite sweet and have been eaten by humans.
It is even a fire retardant! Attracts bees when in flower. It is not a low water use plant, but it does make a good ground cover. It is too brittle for foot traffic.
San Diego California County has listed the plant as invasive.
Height: About 3 - 12 inches. Spreading out to about 6 feet wide.
Flowers: Small White Flowers. Five Petals with Blue- Violet Anthers. There is also a pink petal variety. The flowers are followed by purple berries.
Flowering Time: April - May.
Leaves: The leaves are alternate, ½" long, and serrulate.
Found: Native to Australia.
Soil pH requirements:
Elevation: 0 - 4,500 Feet.
Habitat: On cultivated land, it prefers full sun and moist conditions. Used as a landscape plant.
Miscellaneous: Flowering Photos Taken March 23, 2003 In Glendale, Arizona.
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