How to Grow Blue Star Creeper (Pratia Angulata)

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The blue star creeper, or pratia angulata, is a plant that can handle cold conditions and can be handled as an annual plant. Grow blue star creeper in a rich, well-drained soil with instructions from a sustainable gardener in this free video series on... View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment we're going to learn all about the blue star creeper. It's a gorgeous ground cover from New Zealand. Now pratia angulata, which is the blue star creeper, is native to New Zealand and in a little set of islands that's near Australia. Now they can handle quite cold conditions and very similar to the northwestern part of America. So the blue star creeper thrives in zones 7 and 8. They don't really like hot climates and they don't like really cold climates. But you can treat them as an annual or put them inside for the winter if you live in a colder climate too. Even when they're not in bloom, the blue star creeper is a gorgeous plant. This is the fall so they're actually turning their fall colors. But all summer they are kind of a silvery color on the foliage and I love them. They're a ground hugging mat and they have small bright green leaves. They have trailing stems so they'll trail down a lot like a thyme will and starry blue flowers from late spring through the summer. They have small round berries following the bloom. So plant it in somewhat of a rich well drained soil in full sun to part shade. So not too much shade either because if they don't get enough sun, you won't get flowers on them. But they're great as a ground cover or between paving stones or in a rock garden. They can actually be used as a ground cover that you can walk on so they're kind of a stepable kind of a plant. So you put them in between rocks or in your pathway and you can actually step on them and you won't hurt them at all. They're such a beautiful addition to your garden.