. No more details are given.
The fresh leaves are used as a tea substitute. A grassy flavour, it is nothing special
A good ground cover for dry sunny banks
, this plant has been used as a grass substitute for lawns in tropical areas, though it would probably not tolerate heavy traffic
There are no material uses listed for Phyla nodiflora.
The plant is anodyne, antibacterial, deobstruent, diuretic, emmenagogue, parasiticide and refrigerant
. It is used in the treatment of hookworm
. The juice of the plant is cooling and is used to relieve fevers, coughs and colds
. The aroma of the inhaled plant is breathed in to treat coughs and colds
The juice of the root is used in the treatment of gastric troubles
Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed in a greenhouse in the middle of spring. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in late spring or early summer.
If trying to grow this plant as a perennial do not plant them out the first spring but grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Division in spring.
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Succeeds in any well-drained soil in a sunny position
. Prefers a moderately fertile soil, but succeeds in soils of low fertility
. Prefers ample moisture according to one report
, whilst another says that, once established, it is drought tolerant
. When grown in shade the plant makes a lot of vegetative growth but does not flower well
This species is not very hardy in Britain, though it can be grown outdoors as a half-hardy annual in this country
. Plants tolerate temperatures down to at least -7°c in Australian gardens
though this cannot be translated directly to British gardens due to our cooler summers and longer colder and wetter winters.
Problems, pests & diseases
Associations & Interactions
There are no interactions listed for Phyla nodiflora. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.
Polycultures & Guilds
There are no polycultures listed which include Phyla nodiflora.
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Material uses & Functions
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? [Flora of China] (1994-00-00)
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