Purple Ground Cover

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PURPLE GROUND CHERRY

Quincula lobata - Solanaceae, Nightshade Family


DESCRIPTION: Low growing, dense, sprawling, mat-forming, ground cover 

Height: From 4 to 6 inches 

Flowers: Showy, blue to violet, 1 inch wide. All year

Fruit: Small, roundish berry, 1/2 inch wide, 1/2 inch long within an 
inflated calyx

Foliage: Evergreen, elongated oval 1/2 inch long, 1/4 to 1/2 inch wide with 
wavy margins

Growth rate: Slow to medium

REQUIREMENTS:

Sun: Full sun

Soil: Any

Drainage: Good to moderate

Water: Drought to moderate

Maintenance: Little needed

Propagation: Seeds, cuttings, and stolons

NATIVE HABITAT: Hidalgo County and west, roadside, chaparral and brushland.

WILDLIFE USE: Eaten occasionally by white-tailed deer. 

COMMENTS: Very attractive ground cover for small to medium sized areas. The brilliant blue to violet flowers 
contrast nicely with the light to medium-green foliage. Does not tolerate foot traffic.


PURPLE GROUND CHERRY

 

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