Bacopa monnieri (L.) Pennell
Coastal Water-hyssop, Herb-of-grace, Water hyssop
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)
Synonym(s): Bramia monnieri, Lysimachia monnieri
USDA Symbol: bamo
The solitary, axillary, bell-shaped flowers of these creeping, mat-forming, aquatic or semi-aquatic perennials are borne on slender pedicils. The small, white flowers are often tinged with blue or pink. The leaves are small, oval and shiny.
Water Hyssop is a member of the figwort or snapdragon family (family Scrophulariaceae), which includes about 220 genera and 3,000 species occurring nearly throughout the world.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
DistributionUSA: AL , AZ , CA , FL , GA , HI , LA , MD , MS , NC , OK , SC , TX , VA
Native Distribution: Coastal Plain from MD to TX & s.w. AR
Native Habitat: Wet sands; mud flats; pond or stream margins
Growing ConditionsWater Use: High
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
Soil Description: Wet sands.
Conditions Comments: Water-hyssop is a good choice to plant in bogs,water gardens and in hanging baskets or draping over the edge of a pot. It will also grow in moist soil or shallow water as a groundcover. The small, white flowers are often tinged with blue or pink. The leaves are small, oval and shiny.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Deer Resistant: Moderate
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)Bacopa monnieri is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
White Peacock |
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PropagationPropagation Material: Clump Division
Description: Very easy to grow water plant. Pick off trailing stems with roots and replant. Might look more lush if roots were kept wet, but does fine outside tanks too.
National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Suppliers DirectoryAccording to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Native Plant Nursery - Sanibel, FL
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Fredericksburg Nature Center - Fredericksburg, TX
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Nueces River Authority - Uvalde, TX
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0937 Collected Aug 5, 1994 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-1096 Collected 2007-08-10 in Montgomery County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
BibliographyBibref 1186 - Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America (2005) Covell, C.V., Jr.
Bibref 1185 - Field Guide to Western Butterflies (Peterson Field Guides) (1999) Opler, P.A. and A.B. Wright
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Bacopa monnieri in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Bacopa monnieri in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Bacopa monnieri
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff, RLU