Bacopa (Chaenostoma cordatum) also known by the name Sutera cordata or Ornamental Bacopa is one of 52 species in the genus Chaenostoma, and is best known in its cultivated forms.
Originated in southern Africa, it is a creeping evergreen plant that produces small, five-petaled flowers with golden centers from late spring to first frost. A perennial in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 8b through 11, it is often used in hanging baskets, where it can spill over the sides, or as a groundcover. In cooler climates it is often used as an annual.
Abunda Giant White Bacopa is an herbaceous evergreen annual bedding plant with a trailing habit of growth, eventually spilling over the edges of hanging baskets and containers. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage. From mid spring to late fall, Abunda Giant White Bacopa is covered in stunning white star-shaped flowers with harvest gold eyes along the stems. It’s small serrated round leaves remain green in colour throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Abunda Giant White Bacopa is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Container Planting
- General Garden Use
- Border Edging
- Mass Planting
- Hanging Baskets
- Ground cover
Growing & Caring
A native of the wetter regions of South Africa, Bacopa requires regular water; allowing it to dry out or wilt can be fatal for the plant. In soils with poor drainage, it can easily rot. When the soil is dry to the touch an inch below the surface, give it at least an inch of water, or enough to thoroughly penetrate to the roots. Bacopa prefers morning sun and afternoon shade but can tolerate anything from full sun to partial shade, as long as it does not dry out.
This annual bedding plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback.
Bacopa does best in rich soil, so feeding at least once a month with a side dressing of compost or a foliar spray of liquid fish emulsion will keep it lush and green. Pinch back the branches to help it form a dense mat. If it gets too thick and a layer of dead branches builds up underneath, clear away the dead foliage and cut the stems back to 5 or 6 inches. Leaving the dead material in place can hold in too much moisture and lead to rotting.
Fertilize the plants with a light, monthly application of fertilizer, but be careful not to over-fertilize or the plants will produce more leaves and less flowers.
Abunda Giant White Bacopa will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front.