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Stachytarpheta jamaicensis

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Porterweed is part of the Stachytarpheta genus. Its scientific name is Stachytarpheta jamaicensis.

Attracts butterflies
Attracts caterpillars (Tropical Buckeye)
Often confused with Stachytarpheta urticifolia

This plant produces deep velvety purple blooms continuously from spring to fall.1

Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Baby blue eyes. Leaves appear approximately as a   Apple green

It is a flower and is treated mainly as an annual/perennial, so it can grow either as a single season or multiple season plant.

Porterweed is known for its ground covering habit and growing to a height of approximately 60.96 cm (1.98 feet). This plant tends to be in bloom all year round.

If you would like to attract butterflies and bees to your garden, consider growing this plant.

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

How to grow Porterweed

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Position in a full sun / partial sun location and remember to water often. Use Zone 9 - Zone 11 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Porterweed needs a sandy soil with a ph of 6.1 to 7.5 (weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil).

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

Growing Porterweed from seed


Transplanting Porterweed

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Other names for Porterweed

Light-blue snakeweed, Blue Porterweed, Blue Snakeweed, Jamaica Vervain, Brazilian Tea, Devil's Coachwhip, Blue rat's tail

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