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Fog Fruit

Fog fruit or Frog fruit
Lippia lanceolata
(Family: Verbenaceae)

(see Photo 1 and 2)
Lippia lanceolata. Photos by Hallie Craycraft.

Stems: Procumbent and ascending, terminal flower.
Root: Roots at nodes, weak branching caudex, extensive.
Leaf: Opposite, thin, bright green, lanceolate to oblong or ovate, tapering at both ends, tips pointed, veins prominent, margins sharply serrate or toothed from middle to tip.
Inflorescence: Spike, solitary, initially globose becoming cylindrical and elongating to 1.5’’. Arising from axils of leaves, on slender, erect stalks 1.5-3.0’’ long, usually surpassing leaves. Purple-ish centers with small white flowers circling in rows.
Floret: Purple-ish or white, center sometimes yellowish, stamens inside flower, irregular, 1/10’’ long. Lateral lobes slightly more rounded, pale blue or white. Stamens in sets of two.
Fruit: Nutlets, two each, egg-shaped, olive or yellowish.

Flowering Period: June – September

Habitat: Water edges (stream, pond, lake), ditches and other wet habitats.

Conservation Status: Not threatened.

Native Status: Native to the United States.

Distribution: Lippia lanceolata occurs in the eastern 2/3 of Kansas.

Kansas County Distributional Map for Phyla lanceolata


Lippia lanceolata can be found in south eastern Canada and most of the United States.


Visitors: Lippia lanceolata is a great host plant for larvae of a few different butterfly species: White Peacock, Buckeye, and Phaon Crescent butterflies.


Great Plains Flora Association 1986. Flora of the Great Plains. University Press of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas. Pg. 488.
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Submitted by: Hallie Craycraft, July 2011.

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