Mazus reptans (3.5-inch pot)
Blue Mazus, creeping mazus
- Height: 2-3 Inches
- Spread: 12-18 Inches
- Hardiness Zone: 5/6-8
- Full Sun - Part Shade
- Afternoon Shade in the South preferred
- Consistent Moisture needed - not wet
- Useful between stepping stones
Mazus reptans, commonly known as creeping mazus, is a low-growing, semi-evergreen perennial plant that is native to Asia and member of the figwort family (Scrophulariaceae). Creeping mazus is a fast-spreading plant that can quickly form a dense mat of foliage. The leaves are small, lance-shaped, and green. The flowers are small and purple-blue and appear in spring and summer, not dramatic, but they are attractive to butterflies.
Mazus reptans can be grown in full sun to partial shade, but it prefers partial shade especially in Southern zones. The soil should be moist but not wet, well-drained soil. Mazus reptans does not like extended dry periods, so water if needed during the summer months.
Space the plants about 12 inches apart. Mazus reptans will spread quickly, so you don't need to plant them too close together.
Creeping mazus is a versatile plant that can be used in a variety of settings. It is a popular choice for groundcover, as it can tolerate light-medium foot traffic around steppingstones and is relatively easy to care for. It can also be grown in containers, rock gardens, or as an edging plant.
A light application of fertilizer in the spring will help it to grow strong. Mazus reptans is relatively pest- and disease-free, subject to powdery mildew. Mazus reptans is hardy in USDA zones 5-8. In colder climates, a light mulch will help.
With proper care, Mazus reptans will be a beautiful addition to your garden for many years to come.
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Plants look good so far.