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« on: January 12, 2015, 15:44:08 PM »
Hi everybody, and a very happy new year!!

Sorry I'm so rare around here!  :-[  Can anyone help me ID this groundcover? I live near Howick in Kwazulu, and I strongly suspect this ground-cover is indigenous, because I've seen it growing in the forests around the area.




Here is what it looks like once its been mowed:



It makes the most wonderful lawn - forming a thick and soft mat effect. It withstands drought and frequent mowing, and fairly heavy traffic. (The brown patches are where I've recently removed rocks)...



It looks a bit shabby at the moment because it was muddy when the workers removed the rocks.

The only down-side is that seems to have a central tap-root, and does not like to be transplanted, or to have its roots disturbed. I have just today started to experiment with making cuttings.

Can anyone enlighten me as to what this is? And why is it not seen more frequently?

Thanks so much,
Mitch
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« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2015, 18:22:32 PM »
Hi Mitch

And happy new year to you as well :)

I'm afraid I can't help you with the ID - but it looks  like a ground cover that was in the forests at Nature's Valley - I could be mistaken - that was many moons ago ;D

(BTW my bachelor's buttons have been blooming!  But they are in a pretty shaded area and are quite leggy and straggly now - think I must move them to a sunnier spot?)
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« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2015, 18:36:48 PM »
Looks like a Penny Royal to me ...but not being from South Africa would not be certain of the Specie

Does it exude fragrance when you rub it between your fingers?

Some people use Penny Royal around their BBQ areas for insect repelllent qualities

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« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2015, 19:14:33 PM »
Hi Rena and Abby!  :)

Rena - I'm so glad to hear you got the BBB's to germinate. Well done! It really is a lovely little shrub. It definitely likes full sun, though, and no frost. And if you like, it makes cuttings remarkably easily! Here's what it looks like at maturity (in the foreground)...



Excuse the bad picture.. I quickly rushed out and took it now in the dying light. Only thing to watch out for though is that it does start to self-seed quite profusely. Not a problem at the moment - they're very easy to pull out (or share), but you might want to watch out for that.

Abby - I don't think this is any type of Penny Royal. The leaves are a little bit too 'leathery' (but not like a succulent), and there is no aroma from the plant at all. Well, other than a typical plant smell, that is.  ;D

I'm holding thumbs that someone will know it. There's nothing more frustrating than an unknown plant in the garden... especially when it's everywhere under one's feet!  LOL
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« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2015, 19:23:22 PM »
Mitch - I meant to ask if that groundcovert flowers at all??

(Thanks for the BBB photo - mine definitely need to be moved)

And your garden is looking great!
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« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2015, 19:28:35 PM »
Yes indeed! In sun, it is one of the most profuse 'flowerers' in the garden! And right through summer.
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« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2015, 19:31:25 PM »
oooh, sorry Rena... we had some crossed lines there.

I meant the BBB flowers profusely. The groundcover gets very inconspicuous little white flowers. You can make them out if you have a look at the second photograph I posted. They're visible, but not remarkable.

...and thanks so much for the compliment  :)
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« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2015, 19:41:35 PM »
My turn to oops - I did see the little flowers in the 2nd photo - but forgot........ ;D

I thought I had found it -chaetacanthus - but looking back at your photos I don't think so......
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« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2015, 19:49:33 PM »
No, alas, that's not it. A good try, though. Better than anything I've come up with.
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« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2015, 20:11:55 PM »
It looks soooooooooooooooooo familiar - it's even looking like some wandering jew specie - so now I'm giving up for today ;D
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« Reply #10 on: January 12, 2015, 20:17:24 PM »
Yes, Rena... sleep on it. I have complete faith in you! You've pulled a rabbit out of the hat for me before.  ;D
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« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2015, 09:26:58 AM »
Good morning Mitch!

Nope - sleeping on it didn't help........ and a walk around the garden examining all the weeds and groundcovers didn't help either >:(
Even the chickweed I picked for the canaries is starting to look like your mystery one!


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« Reply #12 on: January 14, 2015, 04:15:40 AM »
 Cannot help thinking it is a weed - must go and check my lawn  ???
Sure I seen a clump of it recently like yesterday when I mowed my lawn - I think mine is buttonweed ???
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« Reply #13 on: January 14, 2015, 15:58:51 PM »


It is spreading and killing off my lawn at a rapid pace - was only a very small patch the last time I looked at if.  :-\
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« Reply #14 on: January 14, 2015, 17:58:03 PM »
Mitch - does Abby win the prize???
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