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Variegated Huaco
Barbed Wire Cactus
Small Barrel Cactus
Berlandier's Alicoche
Blank's Alicoche
Strawberry Cactus
Yellow Alicoche
Nipple Cactus
Dumpling Cactus
False Honeysuckle
Prostrate Lawnflower
Buffalo Grass
Purple Ground Cherry
Madeira Vine
Twining Tournefortia
Climbing Hemp Vine
Beach Morning Glory
Railroad Vine
Alamo Vine
Yellow Passion Flower Vine
Blue Passion Flower Vine
Balloon Vine


Phyla incisa Sawtooth frog-fruit ,Phyla nodiflora Common frog-fruit, Turkey tangle - Verbenaceae, Vervain or Verbena Family

DESCRIPTION: Low growing, mat-forming, sprawling, or trailing ground cover 

Height: From 2 to 8 inches (sun); 
P. incisa taller than P. nodiflora.

Flowers: Very small, white, borne in 1/4 to 3/8 inch wide heads. Spring to fall 

Fruit: Small, inconspicuous dry nut

Foliage: Evergreen, light green, 1 inch long, 1/2 inch wide, toothed leaf edges. P. nodiflora leaves are broader with teeth widely spaced over most of the leaf edge.

Growth rate: Fast 


Sun: Full sun, dappled shade

Soil: Any, will tolerate heavy clay soils

Drainage: Good to poorly drained soil

Water: Medium to high

Maintenance: Little needed

Propagation: Seeds, root divisions

NATIVE HABITAT: Along roads, openings and waste places in the Rio Grande Plains and the Coastal Prairies 

WILDLIFE USE: White-tailed deer, javelinas, feral pigs and cattle eat the leaves. Food for White Peacock and Phaon Crescent butterfly caterpillars, and nectar for small butterflies. 

COMMENTS: The first emergent nectar for most species of butterflies in the Lower Rio Grande Valley after the 1983 and 1989 freezes.




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