MAZUS

The creeping stems grow rapidly and it is an excellent carpeter but it does need moisture in the soil. Choose it then for a moist, shady spot – use Thymus or Antennaria instead if the site is dry and sunny. The flowers which appear in summer are both attractive and unusual. They look rather like lilac Snapdragons with the lower petals spotted with white and gold.

VARIETIES: The only one you are likely to find is M. reptans – height 2 in., spread 1.5 ft.

Flowering period: June-August. The slender stems hug the ground, the toothed leaves forming a bronze-tinted green mat. There is another species – M. radicans, which used to be called Mimulus radicans. The flowers are white with purple spots.

SITE AND SOIL: Well-drained, humus-rich soil is required – thrives best in partial shade.

PROPAGATION: Divide clumps in autumn or spring.

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