There is only one member of the Phuopsis plant (Phuopsis stylosa) genus and this goes by the common name of Crosswort.
It is able to reach 30 cm (1 foot) in height and blooms in the summer.
Phuopsis is a hardy perennial that grows in mats of narrow leaves.
The flowers are clustered into an attractive ball, and consist of minute pink tubular flowers.
It is an ideal plant to use in rock gardens, looks attractive at the front of borders or let it drape over walls to creative an attractive focal point.
Crucianella stylosa - Phuopsis stylosa – Crosswort by Stadtkatze.
When growing Crosswort (Crucianella / Phuopsis Plants) from seed it is best to sow them outdoors on the surface in the autumn.
It should take about one month to germinate once the temperature cools to 10 to 15°C (50 to 59°F).
If you buy Phuopsis from a garden center, then plant outdoors in either spring or autumn.
In either case, the Crosswort should be planted / sown with a spacing of about 50 cm (20 inches) apart into a dry soil.
Crosswort are able to grow in partly shady or sunny areas.
Crosswort is a spreading mat forming plant, you may need to keep an eye on it once growing so that it does not spread to far.
If you require more Phuopsis plants then take cuttings in the summer or divide the plants in the spring.
The Phuopsis plant genus is a monotypic genus, thus containing just one species.
Phuopsis stylosa, also known as Crosswort, is often used as a ground cover in gardens due to its mat-forming habit and small, pink flowers.
As there is only one species, Phuopsis stylosa is the species grown by gardeners.
Yes, they are known for their strong, sweet fragrance, this is particularly noticeable on warm days.
They grow best in full sun to partial shade with well-drained soil. It prefers moist conditions but can tolerate drought once established.
Currently, this plant is not considered invasive in the USA.
Because of its mat-forming habit, Phuopsis stylosa can be removed by hand pulling or hoeing. Make sure to remove all root fragments to prevent regrowth.
The Phuopsis genus, part of the Rubiaceae family, comprises herbaceous perennials known for their attractive, pink flowers and aromatic foliage. Often referred to as Crosswort, these plants form excellent ground cover.
Phuopsis plants prefer locations with full sun to partial shade and moist, well-drained soil. Planting is generally done in the spring. With its carpet of pink blooms and fragrant leaves, it adds charm to borders, rockeries, and woodland gardens.