Chaenostoma cordatum

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Chaenostoma cordatum
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Chaenostoma cordatum 'Snowflake'
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Scrophulariaceae
Tribe: Limoselleae
Genus: Chaenostoma
Species: C. cordatum
Binomial name
Chaenostoma cordatum
(Thunb.) Benth.

Chaenostoma cordatum also known by the name Sutera cordata, Bacopa or Ornamental Bacopa (not to be confused with the genus of that name) is one of 52 species in the genus Chaenostoma (Scrophulariaceae), and is best known in its cultivated forms. It originated in southern Africa, and is a tender perennial forming a ground cover, but often used in hanging baskets. Small dark green heart shaped leaves and small round five-petaled white flowers at the branch tips can be found year round, but at its prime in spring.

Cultivation[edit]

Sutera cordata in pot

Sutera 'Cabana', is a short-lived evergreen perennial for zones 9-ll. It grows annually in colder climates, but requires full sun to flower profusely.

The Pikmin Flower[edit]

It is notable as the source of a breed marketed as "The Pikmin Flower", after the GameCube game Pikmin. The plant was bred to have a similar appearance as the Pikmin's flowers. Other cultivars include 'Bridal Showers', 'Snowflake', 'Giant Snowflake' and 'Pink Domino'.

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