Phyla nodiflora

Common lippia

Plant Type: Perennial
Sun: Partial Shade, Sun
Drainage: Adaptable
Water: Moist, Regular
Height X Width: 0.2' X 3'
Santa Clara County Local: Yes
What do these mean?



The little common lippia is widespread in wet places in California and … the earth. It is one of those species that is so hardy and fast-spreading that it has colonized many areas in tropical, sub-tropical and temperate latitudes. It forms a very low mat of soft, bright green foliage with small umbels of flowers that remind us that common lippia is in the verbena family. The size of the patch may be constrained by the availability of water, although common lippis is fairly drought tolerant once established. In Santa Clara County I have discovered this plant in the upper reaches of Los Gatos Creek and the eastern portions of Henry Coe State Park.


Deer Resistant: No
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: Yes
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen