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Phyla Nodiflora – a perennial belonging to Verbenaceae family.

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Phyla Nodiflora is a perennial belongs to Verbenaceae family.

Overview of Phyla Nodiflora

• Common names are frog fruit, sawtooth fogfruit and turkey tangle.
• It is an ornamental plant.
• It is native to South America and the United States.
• It can be found in tropical areas.
• This plant is often grown as ground cover.
• It is sometimes present in yards as a lawn weed.
• The inflorescence consists of a purple-colored center.
• It is encircled by small white-to-pink flowers.
• The flower takes on a match-like look.
• This plant is sometimes called match weed.
• It is used in suppuration, cold and lithiasis.
• Phyla nodiflora can grow up to 0.2 m (0ft 8in) by 1 m (3ft 3in).
• It is hardy to zone 10.
• It flowers from May to September.
• The flowers are hermaphrodite.
• The Edible Parts of this plant are Leaves.
• It is used as Tea.

Medicinal Uses of Phyla Nodiflora

• Anodyne
• Antibacterial
• Deobstruent
• Diuretic
• Emmenagogue
• Parasiticide
• Refrigerant
• It is used in the treatment of hookworm.
• The juice of the plant is cooling.
• It is used to relieve fevers, coughs and colds.
• The juice of the root is used in the treatment of gastric troubles.

Scientific classification of Phyla Nodiflora

• Kingdom: Plantae
• (unranked): Angiosperms
• (unranked): Eudicots
• (unranked): Asterids
• Order: Lamiales
• Family: Verbenaceae
• Genus: Phyla
• Species: P. nodiflora

Growing/Caring conditions for Phyla Nodiflora

• Plant Phyla in the sunniest spot in the garden.
• This perennial prefers all-day sun.
• It needs well-drained soil on the dry side.
• Purchase seedlings from a local nursery, as the plant grows poorly from seed.
• Place the Phyla seedlings 1/8-inch deep into soil after all danger of frost has passed.
• Each plant should have at least 8 inches of elbow room.
• Weed the area regularly.
• Apply an 8-inch thick layer of hay over the bed to protect against weed growth.
• Harvest fresh Phyla for use through the season.
• Cut the remainder of the plant when small white flowers appear.
• Hang clumps of the herb in a warm, dark room until dry.
• Use only the crumbled leaves in cooking.
• Store the unused leaves in an airtight container.
• Discard the stems.
• Italian Phyla grows well in containers.
• Phyla is a deterrent to some types of garden pests and can aid in controlling them naturally.
• Phyla plants can be cultivated in part shade.
• If growing from seeds, plant seeds 1/4-inch deep.
• Plant nursery stock about 18 inches apart.
• If you have planted from seed, thin established seedlings to 12 inches apart.
• Harvest your Phyla in mid-spring, just before the flowers open.
• Cut off the top 6 inches of the stem and remove the leaves.
• Make sure to remove the mulch in early spring.
• Propagate Phyla in mid-spring by dividing plants during peak growth, before flowers appear.

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