Not many people know a plant called Mazus. This stunted plant forms a beautiful carpet that will be a wonderful decoration for the site.
- Plant characteristic
- Planting and leaving
- Types of Mazus
Mazus is a plant belonging to the norichnik family. There are about 40 species in total. The Himalayas are considered the homeland. It grows all over the world and is widely distributed in Australia, Indonesia, America, Asia.
Despite its short stature (the plant rarely exceeds 7 cm), the mazus has weaving stems, the length of which reaches 50 cm. It grows very quickly and covers the areas with a magnificent carpet. Rapid growth is one of the features of Mazus that helped it become so popular with landscape designers.
The plant's stems are thin, covered with small green leaves. Flowers, which are usually white or purple, are a special decoration. The center can be white or yellow. Also, the flowers have an original shape in the form of two lips, the upper one is small, and the lower one is more authentic and has 3 petals.
There is a scattering of small specks on it, which give the plant a modest charm. Mazus can bloom all summer until October, but abundantly from June to August. At this time, the carpet acquires a unique lilac - purple color.
Despite its rapid growth, mazus is easy to control and therefore is successfully used to decorate alpine slides. It is also used in the form of carpets under fruit trees, to decorate garden paths and simply in flower beds. Mazus perfectly coexists with various plants, and its charming flowers will adorn any hill or rocky garden.
Mazus, depending on the species, can be either annual or perennial. The varieties widespread in Russia are most often two-year-old. They have high winter hardiness and with little cover they can withstand frosts down to -40.
Planting and leaving
Mazus grows well on sunny and fertile soils. It also grows well in shade, crevices and among slabs of garden paths. Unpretentiousness makes this plant more popular every year. The only condition for normal growth is the maintenance of normal humidity. The plant tolerates a slight drought, but this can damage the flowers, become smaller and lose their charm.
Mazus propagates both by seeds and by dividing bushes. Seeds can be sown outdoors in spring as well as early summer. They give excellent shoots even in early spring, the plants grow quickly and amicably. Shoots take root well. If you dig out a part of the bush and plant it right away, then it will instantly grow and pass the adaptation period.
Despite the love for moisture, when planting, you should not flood young plants too much, so as not to provoke root rot. Instead of watering, it is better to feed the plants a little with mullein or mineral fertilizers. The main thing is that there should be a measure in everything. With abundant feeding, the plant will grow with lightning speed and may not please with abundant flowering.
Mazus does not require special care. It is enough to remove weeds and in a drought, a little watering. Despite the fact that the mazus belongs to frost-resistant plants, it will not be superfluous to cover it in winter or at least slightly warm the earth from above. Another good ability of Mazus is quick recovery.
Even if the plant has poorly tolerated wintering, the first shoots are weak and thin, they will quickly get stronger. The plant will respond perfectly if organic fertilizer or mullein is applied in the winter. By the way, mazus can be an excellent mulch for a flower bed.
Types of Mazus
The most common are 3 types:
- Creeping Mazus. Differs in large lilac flowers, on which white or yellow spots are scattered. There are varieties with pure white flowers, such as Albus. The stems are very strong, withstand light stress well. It grows fast enough so that the plant does not thicken, the bushes are planted at a distance of at least 50 cm.
- Rooting. Flowers of this species are most often white, pink, lilac with a colored center. Most often yellow. Also, a distinctive feature of the rooting mazus is the leaves, which are green - bronze in color. After flowering, many seed bolls are formed.
- Dwarf. It has white or blue flowers with a yellow center. The leaves are shaped like a scapula, green. Having a small height, dwarf mazus are used in crevices, between stones and slabs.
Due to its unpretentiousness and simplicity in agricultural technology, Mazus is rapidly gaining its popularity. Indeed, with the help of this plant, you can easily decorate the site. Enchanting living carpets, decorating alpine slides or intricate rocky gardens. All this is within the power of this miniature plant.
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