Still a relatively new player to the plant game, Bacopa has made a name for itself with its floriferous nature. Funnily enough, its name is actually misleading. Bacopa is not in the genus Bacopa at all, but in the genus Sutera. Naming confusion aside, you would be hard-pressed to find a plant with such pure white flowers for all your container planting needs.
As you plan your spring and summer containers with the tried-and-true formula of "filler, thriller, and spiller," look to bacopa as a natural fit for the spiller category. Most commonly seen in its white flowered form, this plant can bloom almost nonstop through the entire growing season. The clean white flowers cover the plant and act as a beautiful backdrop while the small green leaves are roughly heart-shaped and have a slightly serrated edge. Together, the white blooms and green foliage mix easily in almost any plant combination.
Bacopa Care Must-Knows
Bacopa is a versatile plant that can be used as a vigorous groundcover or as a trailer in containers, hanging baskets, and shady-spot window boxes. As soon as the weather warms up, these plants grow quickly and become covered in buds and blooms. One major plus to the rapid growth is that they bury their dead, so there is no need to deadhead old spent blooms. Feed bacopa regularly in order to keep up with its rapid growth. Yellowing foliage and the slowing of flower growth are signs that your bacopa plant is starting to get hungry. It may take a few weeks for these plants to get back into gear—but once they do, you won't even notice that they took a break.
Keep these plants evenly moist and maintain a steady watering schedule. If bacopa dries out even for just a day or two, the plants stop blooming. Once they're watered again, they cautiously begin to set buds, but this process can take 2-3 weeks to get back to their bloomy self.
When bacopa first came to market, there was only one variety—simple white blooms. As gardeners fell in love with this plant, breeders began to expand the offerings. Now flower colors in blue, pink, and lavender are available. On top of the added color selections, there are also options for single or double blooms in several of the colors along with a few varieties that offer gold and green variegated foliage.