Matchweed

Matchweed

(Lippia nodiflora)

Description

Matchweed is a mat-forming perennial with opposing leaves on hairy branching Match weedstems. Leaves have small teeth at the outer tip. The purple to white flowers emerge around the tip of the seed stalk forming a “match head” appearance. Matchweed spreads by both seeds and stolons along prostrate stems. Matchweed occurs from the transition zone to the southern coastal areas and beyond, including Hawaii, Mexico, and Central and South America.