This pretty-flowered pollinator plant (Phyla nodifolora) has a plethora of common names including turkey tangle fog fruit, frogfruit, Texas frogfruit, capeweed, creeping lip plant, creeping charley and matchweed. Thanks to Bob Montanaro, Pelican Island Audubon Society Office Manager, for this close-up photo. Its tiny, tiny flowers attract butterflies, skippers, bees and other pollinators.
This low-growing, mat-forming plant spreads vigorously and is regarded as a weed of turfgrass by some folks. Once established, this member of the Verbenaceae (verbena) family is tolerant of drought and flooding and has been planted and has volunteered in the Audubon House landscape.
It is a larval food plant for 3 Florida butterflies: Common buckeye (Juonia coenia), the phaon crescent (Phyciotes phaon), and the white peacock (Anartia jatrophae) pictured below.
Easily overlooked by people, this “keeper” pollinator plant may already reside in your yard. Please encourage it!
Categories: Pollinator Plants