Lippia Find a Weed

(Phyla Canescens) First introduced as a lawn species from the Americas, where it occurs from California to Argentina and Chile, Lippia was originally used to stabilise soil and prevent erosion on banks of irrigation canals and dams. It is now a major weed of inland areas subject to flooding, usually downstream of irrigation areas. It overruns native vegetation and also suppresses the growth of neighbouring plants. A hardy perennial herb with stems that take root at the nodes, Lippia forms dense mats. It is still used as a lawn substitute in urban areas as its water needs are low compared to traditional turf grasses. It spreads predominantly by runners but also occasionally also by seed. It has small heads of purple or pink flowers.

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