I found this low growing native groundcover on the edge of a parking lot in Jasper Co., SC in 2016. On June 2017, I found out that it had never been reported northeast of Florida. It was growing in compacted soil and had surely been walked on and mown many times.Plant it in your garden to keep this native species from disappearing. Help mefind out how it grows in the garden, and how the butterflies, bees, and other wildlife use it. Thank you!
(Below are some notes from the internet that I had pasted here…to compose later.)
– STEMS: Square.
– LEAVES: “Light green, fleshy, opposite, toothed, and have pinnate venation.”
– FLOWERS: Yellow, half inch long, tubular, “2 joined upper lobes, 3 lower lobes, and a brown-lined throat” 3 bracts at the base.
RELATED SPECIES: Here in Florida, another native Mecardonia grows wild, along with two subspecies, M. acuminata. These are commonly known as Axilflowers.
Aquatic Disturbed Moist woodland edges
Herbaceous Deciduous Perennial Herb
Part Sun Full Sun
 Ethnomedicinal Application of Mercardonia procumbens, Center for Health Sciences, National Polytechnic Institute [online article]
 swbiodiversity.org; W. J. Hayden [photo: stems lying on gray board]
|Mecardonia procumbens |
(Mill.) Small (1903)
Mecardonia procumbens, common name baby jump-up, is an annual or perennial herb native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas. It has become widely spread in warmer regions worldwide, and is now naturalised on all continents except Antarctica, in addition to most islands with suitable climate
cv ‘Magic Carpet’ 3.98 in quart Lowes
|Dimensions||3.5 x 3.5 x 10 in|