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Sunday - August 02, 2015

From: New Braunfels, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Seed and Plant Sources, Planting, Groundcovers, Shade Tolerant, Herbs/Forbs
Title: Where to find Horseherb seed
Answered by: Guy Thompson

QUESTION:

I would like to purchase some Horseherb seeds. Can you tell me where I can do that? Either locally or on line. Thank you.

ANSWER:

Calyptocarpus vialis (Straggler daisy), also called Horseherb, seems to be native in your area.  It is usually considered to be a weed, but many people appreciate its properties.  It is great as a groundcover in shady areas.  I recently saw a nice solid "lawn" of it by the cell phone lot at the Austin-Bergstrom airport.  You may be able to find Straggler daisy in the wilds by looking in shady areas.  I will attach several photos to guide you. Perhaps one of your local nurseries carries it.  I have seen it in a vegetative state in nurseries but not as seed.  The following suggestion for planting Straggler daisy is lifted from a web site I found.

"HOW TO EASILY “SEED” AN AREA: Simply find a fast growing, blooming stand of Horseherb and mow it periodically using a lawnmower with a grass catcher attachment. Then thinly spread the Horseherb catchings (clippings) onto the area to be planted. Let the clippings dry for a few days then water or let the next rainfall germinate the very small seed which were collected during mowing. Horseherb will establish itself in stony, shady areas where grass will not grow well. NOTE: Horseherb DOES NOT kill or crowd out grasses; the grass thins or dies and the Horseherb covers the bare spots!"

 

 

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Straggler daisy
Calyptocarpus vialis

Straggler daisy
Calyptocarpus vialis

Straggler daisy
Calyptocarpus vialis

 

 

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