AZ Arboretums

Myoporum parvifolium

Myoporum parvifolium

Common: Myoporum, Prostrate Myoporum
Family: Myoporaceae
Origin/Range: Australia
Light: Full sun
Hardy to 23°F (-5°C)
Low to moderate water use
Soil: Tolerant to most soil types

Evergreen perennial ground cover, fast growing to 4 to 12 inches high (10-30 cm), 8 feet in diameter (2.4 m).

Myoporum is a popular ground cover in Phoenix, it grows rapidly, is drought resistant, frost resistant. It is even a fire retardant. The only criticism might be a definite blandness. There are small white flowers in April-May, followed by purple berries.

Propagation by ip or softwood cuttings, under mist, roots in 30 days

Australian native was once extremely popular in the low desert. It is fast given good soil and moisture but can also quickly decline from the same. Evergreen it will grow to less than a foot in height. There are other more drought resistant and adaptable groundcovers available.