Mecardonia procumbens – Baby Jump-up

Mecardonia procumbens - Baby Jump-up

Mecardonia procumbens - Baby Jump-up

Plant Name

Scientific Name: Mecardonia procumbens

Synonyms: Bacopa procumbens, Mecardonia dianthera, M. peduncularis, M. tenuis, M. vandelloides

Common Name: Baby Jump-up

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual, Perennial

Growth Habit: Herb/Forb

Arizona Native Status: Native

Habitat: Riparian. This little wildflower is almost always found in wetlands here, and it typically grows in desert and upland washes and canyons with recent water and at the edge of streams, seeps, and springs.

Flower Color: Yellow

Flowering Season: Spring (late), Summer, Fall (early)

Height: Sprawling to 16 inches (41 cm) wide

Description: The flowers are 1/2 inch (1.3 cm) long, surrounded by 3 green bracts at the base, and tubular in shape with 2 joined upper lobes, 3 lower lobes, and a brown-lined throat. The leaves are light green, fleshy, opposite, toothed, and have pinnate venation. The stems are square.


Kingdom: Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Scrophulariales
Family: Scrophulariaceae – Figwort family
Genus: Mecardonia Ruiz & Pav. – mecardonia
Species: Mecardonia procumbens (Mill.) Small – baby jump-up

More About This Plant

Arizona County Distribution Map