mazus, Japanese

COMMON NAME: Mazus, Japanese
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Mazus pumilus
FAMILY: Scropulariaceae
LIFECYCLE: Annual
FEATURES: Winter annual herb. Opposite oblong leaves with toothed margins. Low growing, no more than 8
inches in height at flowering. Plant primarily glabrous. Bilaterally symmetrical flower, white to purple
in color. Five sepals remain in star shape after petals dehisce.
DESCRIPTION: Winter annual herb becoming more common in turfgrass and ornamental situations. Very similar to a
violet in growth habit. Flower is unique and similar to many mints, such as henbit.

Broad View Annual herb

Broad View
Annual herb

Broad View Basal portion of a plant.

Broad View
Basal portion of a plant.

Leaf Leaves

Leaf
Leaves

Flower / Seed Head Flower closeup

Flower / Seed Head
Flower closeup

Flower / Seed Head Flower

Flower / Seed Head
Flower