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Herbaceous Perennial Flower

Mazus reptans
Scrophulariaceae Family
Synonym: Mazus miguelli

One of the tiniest garden perennials, Mazus reaches only 2 inches tall. Forms dense mats blanketed with purple-blue flowers in late spring and early summer. Excellent for rock gardens and for growth between stepping stones.

Site Characteristics
  • full sun
  • part shade
Protect from harsh afternoon sun.

Soil conditions:

  • requires well-drained soil
  • tolerates low fertility
Prefers rich soil that is kept moist but not soggy.

Hardiness zones:

  • 3 to 9

Special locations:

  • rock gardens
Plant Traits

Lifecycle: perennial

Ease-of-care: easy

Height: 0.04 to 0.16 feet

Spread: 0.66 to 1 feet

Keeps spreading indefinitely.

Bloom time:

  • late spring
  • early summer

Flower color:

  • blue
  • violet

Tiny, two-lipped flowers are purple–blue with white yellow, or purple spotting on their lower lips.

Foliage color: medium green

Tiny leaves are elongated with toothed edges.

Foliage texture: fine

Shape: spreading mass

Quickly forms dense mats.

Shape in flower: flower stalks with flowers hanging downward

Flowers are semi-pendulous on short, erect stems.

Special Considerations
Special characteristics:
  • aggressive - Spreads quickly if not kept in check.
  • non-invasive
  • not native to North America - Native to Asia.
Growing Information
How to plant:

Propagate by division or separation - Divide in fall or spring every 3 to 4 years to manage spread and maintain vigor.

Maintenance and care:
Keep soil moist but not soggy.

More growing information: How to Grow Perennials

‘Albus’: pure white flowers.