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Chaenostoma cordatum

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Belonging to the Sutera genus, Bacopa has a botanical name of Chaenostoma cordatum.

Note: Also called Sutera cordata

This is a short-lived, tender, evergreen perennial forming a ground cover, but often used in hanging baskets. Small dark green heart shaped leaves and small round five-petaled white flowers at the branch tips can be found year round, but at its prime in spring.

White flowers appear all season; strongly trailing plants; low maintenance; perfect filler plant in combinations. Unlike most plants, Sutera will not wilt when drought stressed. Before the plant shows signs of wilting it will drop both the flowers and the buds on the plant. It takes about 2 weeks for the plant to come back into bloom after it has been drought stressed. So, to maintain constant bloom you will either need to monitor the plant closely and water before the soil gets too dry or you could plant Sutera with a plant that does wilt. Some good plants to consider are verbena, coleus, petunias etc. These companion plants will serve as indicator plants to let you know that the Sutera is dry and should help you avoid having the plant dropping blooms and buds due to drought stress. The plant is native to the wetter regions of South Africa.

An application of fertilizer or compost on garden beds and regular fertilization of plants in pots will help ensure the best possible performance.

It’s perennial in warmer climates, and treated as an annual in climates cooler than Zone 8. It’s ideal for various microclimates in the garden – from full sun to shade, inland gardens or coastal gardens1.

The fine textured leaves, the white flowers borne virtually all-year round and its broad range of habitats make this quick-growing perennial an extremely useful bedding plant1. It also performs very well in rockeries, hanging baskets and window boxes. In the landscape-industry, where it is (still) known as Sutera and Bacopa, it is creating quite a buzz with numerous cultivars already developed or in the development process.

Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Pearly purple. Leaves appear approximately as a   Forest green (web)

A type of flower, it mainly grows as an annual/perennial plant - which means it can have a varying lifetime - from 1 year to several.

Bacopa is known for its spreading habit and growing to a height of approximately 30.0 cm (11.7 inches). This plant tends to bloom in mid spring.

Bacopa is a great plant to attract bees to your garden.

South Africa is believed to be where Bacopa originates from.

Due to how easy it is to grow in a variety of conditions, Bacopa is great for beginner gardeners and those that like low maintainance gardens.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Bacopa have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Bacopa

  • Partial Sun

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  • Medium

C. cordatum requires a free draining soil and is adaptable to sun and shade. During the heat of summer it will probably require additional moisture to continue flowering. It is sensitive to frost and not particularly drought tolerant. It is relatively pest-free, but white flies can occasionally be encountered. Treat these with an insecticide specific for these insects.1

Bacopa likes a position of partial sun / full sun and remember to water moderately. Use Zone 9 - Zone 11 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. A soil ph of between 5.6 and 6.5 is ideal for Bacopa as it does best in weakly acidic soil. Keep in mind when planting that Bacopa is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside.

See our list of companion Plants for Bacopa to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Bacopa from seed

Transplanting Bacopa

As Bacopa is tender, ensure temperatures are mild enough to plant out - wait until after your last frost date to be on the safe side.

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Bacopa Etymology

The genus name Chaenostoma means gaping mouth, while cordatum refers to the more or less heart-shaped leaves1.

It was originally named Manulea cordata in 1800, but re-named Chaenostoma cordatum in 1836, because of the basal corolla tube and bell- or funnel-shaped throat. In 1891, the name was changed to Sutera as it was thought the two genera were the same. The genus Sutera was kept until 2005 when DNA-sequencing showed there is enough evidence for these genera to be separated, and the name was reverted to the previous name, Chaenostoma, for the group of the species including C. cordatum. It is sometimes referred to as Bacopa but it is not certain where the use of this name originated.1

Bacopa Folklore & Trivia

This flower was created to promote the Nintendo game ‘pikmin’ the flower resembles the appearance of the flower on the yellow ‘pikmin’ a fictional plant/animal hybrid.

Other names for Bacopa

Pikmin Flower, Trailing phlox, ornamental bacopa

Bacopa cordata,

Latest Bacopa Reviews

  • Meh. Nothing really wrong with this plant. Started well from seed and has done well in pots, but I just don’t like it.

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1 Chaenostoma cordatum on the South African National Biodiversity website, PlantzAfrica:

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