Written by Don Richardson 
Frog Fruit (Phyla Nodiflora)
Plant Type
Perennial Ground Cover
8” tall, 3’ wide
Sun Exposure
Full sun to partial shade
Soil Type
Acidic, Neutral - Alkaline
Soil pH
Bloom Time
Most of the year
Hardiness Zones
6-11 (USDA)
Is a Florida Native
Self pollinates
Edible Plant
Yes – leaves are edible
Medicinal Plant
Any reference to medicinal or culinary use of plants or plant parts should in no way be considered an endorsement by The Ocala Food Forest or its staff. Research is crucial in safe and proper consumption or experimentational use of any plant.

Phyla Nodiflora also known as Frog Fruit is a species of flowering plant in the Verbenaceae family that is commonly found throughout much of the United States and Mexico. It is an attractive perennial herb that can be used for ornamental purposes and has several medicinal uses. Let's take a look at what makes this plant so special.
Frog Fruit grows as an upright stem with long, lance-shaped leaves that range in color from green to blue-green. The plant has small, white flowers that are clustered together in its upper branches. The flowers have five petals and are arranged in a star shape. This species of plant also produces small round fruits which contain its seeds.
Uses of Phyla Nodiflora 
This species of plant is often used for ornamental purposes due to its attractive appearance and easy maintenance requirements. It can be planted along pathways, walkways, or flower beds to add texture and color to the landscape design. Additionally, this plant has several medicinal uses due to its antiseptic properties. It can be brewed into a tea that can help reduce inflammation and treat skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis. In addition, it can be made into an ointment or salve which can help heal cuts and scrapes while preventing infection.
Attracts Wildlife 
The flowers of Phyla nodiflora attract bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies. It is perfect for creating an inviting outdoor space where wildlife can thrive! The nectar produced by these delicate blooms also provides food sources for birds during winter months when other food sources may be scarce or absent altogether. This makes the plant ideal for anyone looking to create a beautiful yet wildlife-friendly landscape.  
Cultivation Requirements for Phyla Nodiflora 
The Phyla Nodiflora plant prefers moist soil but will tolerate dry conditions if necessary. It does best when grown in full sun but will tolerate partial shade as well. This species does not require much fertilizer but regular watering during the growing season will help ensure healthy growth and blooming capabilities. Propagation by seed is possible but cuttings from established plants will yield better results if you plan on cultivating it for ornamental purposes or medicinal use.  
How It Spreads 
Understanding the spread of Phyla nodiflora requires looking into its life cycle. This species reproduces primarily through vegetative means, meaning that it can produce new plants from segments of stems that have broken off and rooted in soil. In addition, it produces small seeds that are capable of being dispersed by water or animals.
The plant's ability to reproduce through both vegetative and seed means has allowed it to quickly spread across large areas, since even a small piece of stem can sprout into an entirely new plant. Furthermore, its growth form can be disruptive to other plants in its environment due to its matting habit and ability to outcompete local vegetation for resources such as light and soil nutrients. This competitive advantage has enabled the species to expand its range with ease in recent years.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Management Strategies 
In order to mitigate the spread of Phyla nodiflora, there are several management strategies that can be employed by land managers and scientists alike. One such strategy involves manually removing individual plants or patches of the species from their current location before they have time to reproduce further via either seed or vegetative means. Controlled burns are also a viable option for reducing populations in certain ecosystems since this type of fire can prevent seed production without killing existing adult plants. Finally, chemical herbicides have been used effectively in some cases as well; however, this approach should always be used carefully due to potential risks posed by herbicide runoff entering nearby bodies of water.
 Phyla Nodiflora is a beautiful flowering plant that offers numerous benefits both aesthetically and medicinally when properly cultivated and cared for. Its ability to grow in many different types of soil conditions makes it ideal for any home gardener looking to add some color to their garden or landscaping design while still being relatively low maintenance overall. With its attractive foliage, star-shaped flowers, and potential medicinal uses, this versatile perennial herb should definitely be considered when planning your next outdoor project!


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