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About Stachytarpheta

Stachytarpheta is a plant genus in the verbena family. The flowers are rich in nectar and popular with many butterflies, such as the South Asian crimson rose, Malabar banded swallowtail, and grass yellow and hummingbirds.

Plant Specifications

Plant Height20 inch (51 cm)
Plant Spread 4 inch (10 cm)
*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name Stachytarpheta ( Purple ),Indian Snakeweed, Blue snakeweed,false verbena
Maximum Reachable Height 4 to 8 feet
Flower Colour purple
Bloom Time Warm months
Difficulty Level Moderately easy

Planting and care

  • This plant is similar to the Blue Porterweed (Stachytarpheta jamaicensis). Whether the two are same, is not clear.
  • This plant produces deep velvety purple blooms continuously from spring to fall.
  • 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.
  • Stachytarpheta care

  • Indian Snakeweed is a terrestrial, annual or perennial, erect subshrub, up to 2 m tall.
  • Taproot white or brown. Stem quadrangular, solid, glabrous or hairy. Stipules absent.
  • Leaves simple, not lobed or divided, opposite, stalked, elliptic or ovate, more than 2 cm long/wide, usually airy on both sides, margin coarsely dentate, apex acute or obtuse,
  • Sunlight Full Sun
    Watering Keep soil moist throughout the growing season
    Soil Well-drained soil
    Temperature 26 F.
    Fertilizer Use any organic fertilizer

    Stachytarpheta special feature

    This pest-free perennial blooms best during warm months. It is strange how these small blue flowers attract butterflies more than large-blooming, showy neighbors. Blue porter weed gradually reseeds nearby for a fresh batch of new plants.

    Stachytarpheta uses

    Ornamental Use:

    • The plant is used for ornamental purpose

    Medicinal Use:

    • Introduction
    • Stachytarpheta jamaicensis (L
    • ) Vahl belongs to the family of Verbenaceae and is commonly known as Gervao, Brazilian tea, verbena cimarrona, rooter comb, or blue porter weed
    • It is one of the important plants with high medicinal and nutraceutical benefits Note: The following information is general guidelines
    • Be sure to ask your healthcare provider for guidelines

    Culinary Use:

    • leaves

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is another name for a Stachytarpheta ?

    Stachytarpheta is commonly known as Stachytarpheta ( Purple ),Indian Snakeweed, Blue snakeweed,false verbena

    How tall do Stachytarpheta grow?

    On average Stachytarpheta grows 4 to 8 feet

    What color are Stachytarpheta ?

    A Stachytarpheta plant bears flowers of color purple

    When Stachytarpheta blooms?

    With enough light, Stachytarpheta may produce purple flowers in Warm months

    How hard is Stachytarpheta to grow?

    A Stachytarpheta is Moderately easy

    How much sunlight does a Stachytarpheta need?

    A Stachytarpheta prefers Full Sun

    How much water does a Stachytarpheta need?

    A Stachytarpheta prefers watering Keep soil moist throughout the growing season

    What kind of soil does a Stachytarpheta need?

    A Stachytarpheta prefers Well-drained soil

    What temperature does a Stachytarpheta like?

    A Stachytarpheta prefers 26 F.

    How often should I fertilize my Stachytarpheta ?

    To encourage Stachytarpheta growth, Use any organic fertilizer

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