It’s Florida Wildflower’s Wednesday! The flower of the week is Herb of Grace. This beautiful low-growing, aquatic perennial, also known as Bacopa monnieri (botanical name) or Smooth Water Hyssop, is native to Florida. According to the experts, this plant is found along the water edges of Texas to Maryland and belongs to the snapdragon family. When in bloom, this wildflower lights up the brackish environment with bright green stems, and pink petals with a hint of blue. Herb of Grace prefers the moist soils of Florida, commonly found in marshes and pond edges. The stems resemble that of a succulent plant, primarily because of its water loving tendencies. A creeper by trade, the Herb of Grace will flood the landscape with a beautiful, thick green carpet and tiny dots of pink.
Fun fact – this plant is used as a medicinal herb in India. Medicinal purposes include the enhancement of memory function and treating anxiety or depression.
If you want to learn more about Florida wildflowers, you can start here, Florida’s Native Wildflowers | Florida Wildflower Foundation (flawildflowers.org). Check back next week for another Florida Wildflower’s Wednesday!
Did you like this Wildflower Wednesday focus? Inspired by nature? Leave a comment and let me know! Or head on over to the Feay’s Prairie Clover post to learn about another beautiful flower.