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Falkia repens - Little Ears
   
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Convolvulaceae (Morning-glories)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Light Pink
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Height: <1 foot
Width: Spreading
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Falkia repens (Little Ears) A lush fast growing and long lived evergreen groundcover that forms a solid carpet 2 to 6 inches tall and spreading outward on stems that root at their nodes with tightly held glossy green and slightly succulent inch wide leaves that are cupped and held upright so the rounded leaf tips appear a bit like small green ears. The half inch wide white flowers with light pink blushing are produced abundantly from spring through early summer. Plant in full sun to part shade in a well-draining soil and give regular to occasional irrigation, though it is known to tolerate drier conditions and rebound with winter rains. Hardy and evergreen in USDA Zone 9-10 and comes back from the roots in colder locations and can be grown down to USDA Zone 7. This groundcover is great in solid stands, between stepping stones, flowing over rocks or walls and it covers fast, looks great year round and even suppresses weeds. It is attractive to bees and other insects. It is native to the winter-rainfall areas of the Eastern Cape of South Africa where it often found on damp or temporarily inundated soils. The name for the genus honors John Peter Falck (Joannis Petri Falk) an 18th century Swedish professor of botany. The specific epithet means 'creeping' in reference to this plants form. Its Afrikaner name is Oortjies which translates as "little ears".  The information about Falkia repens displayed on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources we consider reliable. We will also relate those observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments we receive from others and welcome hearing from anyone who has additional information, particularly when they share cultural information that would aid others in growing it.