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Phyla Lanceolata is a species of flowering plant in the verbena family.

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Phyla Lanceolata is a species of flowering plant in the verbena family.

Overview of Phyla Lanceolata

• Common names are lanceleaf fogfruit or frogfruit.
• It is native to the southern half of North America.
• This includes much of the United States except for the northwestern quadrant, and much of Mexico.
• It is found in moist and wet habitat.
• It is a perennial herb.
• It grows mat like form with spreading and trailing stems.
• It grows up to half a meter long.
• The leaves are lance-shaped or nearly oval.
• They are up to 6 centimeters long.
• They have toothed or partially toothed edges.
• The inflorescence is several centimeters tall.
• It is a spherical spike of flowers.
• It elongates into a cylindrical form as the fruits develop.
• The tiny, densely packed flowers are white to pink.
• They are sometimes tinged with blue or purple.
• It is erect to creeping.
• It is 2″-24″ tall forb.
• The stems are square.
• Flower is 1/8″ wide.
• Flower blooms from May-Oct.

Scientific classification of Phyla Lanceolata

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

Growing/Caring conditions for Phyla Lanceolata

• 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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