Woolly Tubetongue

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Woolly Tubetongue

Justicia pilosella
Gregg’s Tubetongue, Hairy Tube-tongue, False Honeysuckle
6

12 inches
6

18 inches
  • Central Texas
  • Texas
  • Full Shade
  • Part Sun/Shade
  • Low
  • Flowering

About This Plant

Light shade. A nice groundcover that forms spreading colonies in the same environments where horseherb is common. They are a good pair; in fact, tubetongue probably outlasts horseherb in full sun without scorching or turning “crispy.” Tubetongue tolerates mowing, foot traffic, and poor drainage. Individual plants are tiny, with delicate white, purple or pink blooms throughout the warm season. Preserve what you have on site; also available from local native growers. Plant in masses for best effect.

Maintenance

Small size is the chief maintenance issue while establishing new plants; be careful with cutting or mowing individual plants until they become established. (To maintain density, set blade height to about 3 inches when using a mower.)

Features

Plant Type:
Perennial
Size:
6-12" H, 6-18" W
Sunlight Requirements:
Full Shade, Part Sun/Shade
Soil Types:
Sandy
Wildlife:
Butterflies
Flower Color:
Pink, Purple, White
Bloom Time:
March, April, May, June, September, October
Freeze Hardy:
Yes
Invasive:
No
Caution:
None
Coupon Eligible:
No

This plant goes well with

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