Mazus are low growing woodland perennials that reach a height of between 5 and 10 cm.
This makes them ideal for use in rock gardens or for using as ground cover.
They flower in spring or summer depending upon the Mazus plant variety, and carry tubular flowers of white or blue.
Miquel's Mazus (Mazus miquelii) photograph by Tanaka Juuyoh.
Common Names: Mazus, Creeping Mazus, Cupflower.
Life Cycle: Hardy perennial
Height: 1 to 5 inches (2. 5 to 12 cm).
Native: East Asia. Australasia.
Growing Region: Zones 5 to 9.
Flowers: Species dependent: Spring and/or summer.
Flower Details: White, blue, violet; sometimes leopard spotted. Tubular. Two lipped. Orchid-like.
Foliage: Herbaceous. Evergreen in warmer areas. Green, may turn red in the winter. Simple.
Grow Outside: Grow from divided or nursery bought plants. Plant divided plants in the spring. Plants bought at gardening centers can be planted in either spring or autumn. Spacing 8 to 10 inches (20 to 25 cm).
Requirements and care: Full sunlight (cool areas only) or full and partial shade.
Moist soil, Peat soil. Spring and winter mulch. Propagate: by dividing in the spring.
Miscellaneous: Often grown as groundcover in areas where deer are a pest. Spreads extremely quickly.
It is best to grow Mazus from divided Mazus plants in the spring or from plants bought from a garden center. Purchased Mazus plants can be put out in the spring or autumn at about 25 cm apart. Mazus should be grown in a shady or partially shaded part of the garden that has a cool, peaty moist soil.
Once established it is important to keep the soil that Mazus is growing in moist. It is best to supply mulch in the spring and winter. If you require more plants it is best to propagate by division in the springtime.