Wednesdays Words

Phyla nodiflora

May be a closeup of flower
photo by Ruth McIntosh (Texas)

Texas Frogfruit, Turkey Tangle Fogfruit, Frogfruit

Verbenaceae (Verbena Family)

Texas Frogfruit can be used as an excellent ground cover and is evergreen in warm years. It is also evergreen in areas protected from frost. It spreads vigorously. Frogfruit generally is a good nectar plant for butterflies. It is an attractive plant rambling over boulders or the edges of hanging baskets. It also can tolerate drought and flooding.

This species is a member of the verbena family (family Verbenaceae), which includes about 75 genera and 3,000 species of herbs, shrubs, and trees, mostly of tropical and warm temperate regions. Among them, teak is a highly prized furniture wood, and Vervain, Lantana, Lippia or Frog Fruit, and Chase Tree or Vitex are grown as ornamentals.

While the cooked leaves are edible, their texture and glass-like flavor isn’t all that great. A more common use is to make a tea or smoked. Used in these manners, frog fruit is believed to offer relief from fevers, coughs, and other mild respiratory issues.

But look closely at the flowers, they are both red and yellow centered. Do you see anything else interesting about that.?

Well, that’s all the news from the south,
Happy” farming” to all the farm girl sisters out there.
See you next time down on the farm..

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