Mazus Reptans, Mazus: Excellent Choice to Soften Your Garden Path

Mazus Reptans

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Mazus reptans, or mazus is a low-growing ground cover typically reaching a height of 2 inches. It spreads by creeping stems which root at the nodes as they go. This plant features narrow, bright green leaves (about 1 inch in length) that form a dense, attractive carpet of foliage lasting throughout the growing season and well into the fall. As a bonus the foliage is evergreen in warm winter climates.

Tiny, purplish-blue, tubular, 2-lipped flowers with yellow and white markings appear in small clusters in late spring to early summer.

How to Make Mazus Reptans Thrive

Mazus is easily grown in average, medium to wet, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. The preference is moist, rich soils. It tolerates foot traffic and an infrequent mowing.

General Mazus Reptans Information

Pests and Diseases

This is a very robust plant; there are no serious insect or disease problems.


You can easily propagate from seed in spring or autumn, or by division and root cuttings in spring.

Garden Uses

This is an excellent ground cover for small areas, it is also an effectively grown between stepping stones or in rock gardens.

Quick Facts

  • Family: Mazaceae
  • Common Name: Mazus
  • Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial
  • Hardiness Zone: Zones 5 to 8
  • Height: 3 inches
  • Spread: 6 to 12 inches
  • Bloom Time: June to July
  • Bloom Colors: Lavender, purplish-blue flowers with yellow markings
  • Sun: Full sun to part shade
  • Water: Medium to wet
  • Maintenance: Low
  • Tolerates: Wet soil

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  1. I put some of that in the rockery last year, but it isn’t looking too good at the moment. I don’t think it is really hardy enough for here. I hadn’t thought about putting it between the steps, though, which I shall try if it makes it through the winter.

  2. It is so pretty.

  3. Very attractive groundcover! My brother had this in his last garden. I should give it a try.

  4. This is a lovely plant. I have had a hard time finding a flowering plant to plant between my flagstones, most of which receive high shade with little or no direct sun. Moss seems to be taken over the function, but I do love this pretty ground cover and would love to find a spot for it.
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  5. That is pretty.. I am looking for something for in between my slate pathway…

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