Known by three other scientific names, Sutera cordata is a small evergreen perennial native to South Africa. It flowers abundantly, spreads quickly, and has few ailments. Sutera cordata have been grown to more closely resemble the flower of a Pikmin, a tiny plant-animal like organism belonging to the game series Pikmin (as requested by Nintendo). This new species of flower, derived from this one, is called “Bacopa cabana”.
Sutera cordata (Ornamental Bacopa) [also known as Bacopa cordata, Chaenostoma cordatum, Sutera diffus]
Hardiness Zones: 9-11
Height: up to 14 centimeters (3-6 inches) tall
Diameter: can spread indefinitely (in theory, at least) under ideal conditions, typically spreads less than 50 centimeters (23 inches)
Growth Rate: fast
Age: perennial, frequently grown as an annual
Root System: The roots allow for easy division, fibrous root system
Subspecies: ‘Snowflake’ (smaller flowers), ‘Snowstorm’ (larger flowers), ‘African Sunset’, ‘Lavender Storm’, ‘Lavender Showers’, ‘Blue
Tolerates: occasionally dry soil (not drought tolerant), strong heat
Problems (major): none known
Problems (minor): sometimes attracts gnats or small flies
Poisonous: presumably no
Soil requirements: requires good drainage, prefers pH between 5.6 and 6.5
Air requirements: grows well in the warm summer heat of the southern United States (native to South Africa)
Watering requirement: Water once the top layer of soil dries out.
Sun requirement: full sun or part-shade
Leaf shape: dark-green, thin, heart-shaped
Leaf size: small, between 1 and 3 centimeters (0.5-1.5 inches) long and wide
Flower structure: Small, white, five-petals, “perfect” (monoecious, contains both male and female reproductive organs, colored yellow) up to 2 centimeters (1 inch) in diameter
Flowering frequency: flowers all throughout the summer and autumn
Annual/Biennial/Perennial: perennial (short-lived)
Sutera cordata blooms prolifically and consistently through out the summer and autumn. This flower was bred to look more like a Pikmin flower, leading to the creation of “Bacopa cabana” (named “The Pikmin Flower”).
Grows well in hanging containers or in gardens of appropriate zones, where it spreads well.
Foliage and flowers (uploaded 9 May 2009)
S. cordata ‘Snowstorm’ flowers at Maui, Kula Ace Hardware and Nursery (uploaded 6 September 2007 by Forest & Kim Starr)
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