Bacopa

Bacopa.

Growing Bacopa is simple, in the sunny to part shade garden. This small plant reaches no more than 6-12 inches in maturity. The low-growing specimen spreads vigorously to cascade over a wall or quickly cover bare spots under taller plants, and is often covered with tiny flowers from June through October. Flowers are in shades of white, pink, lavender, blue and even coral red. The cultivar ‘Giant Snowflake’ has larger, white flowers and reaches just 3 to 6 inches in height and is one of the original varieties of Bacopa trailing annual. When growing them, experiment with different varieties of the hybrids. The white flowering plant varieties offer the most long-lasting bloom. Growing these plants is most easily done in containers, allowing for the consistent moisture necessary to avoid the interruption of flowering. Bacopa trailing annual is best grown in a full sun to part shade location. The tender annual is sometimes bothered by aphids, which can be dispersed with a strong blast of water from the sprayer. If aphids persist on new growth, treat them with a soapy spray or insecticidal soap. Neem oil is also beneficial. Bacopa or Sutera cordata is also harvested for its restorative properties, calming nerves and assisting in a peaceful sleep. Credit: Gardening Know How.