15 Aug

Easy to Grow Foliage Plant: Kochia Scoparia (Summer Cypress)

Kochia Scoparia or Summer Cypress is a hardy and drought-tolerant foliage plant grown as ornamental as well as forage plant. It is a quick growing plant that tends to form rounded or pyramid body of dense leaves and branches. Young plants of Kochia are bright green and color but turn red in colder climate as they mature. Thin and finely cut leaves of Kochia add to its ornamental value. It is useful as accent plant in landscapes and grows in almost any soil ((rich, sandy, alkaline, poor etc.) except very acidic conditions. For this reason, Kochia is sometimes grown at mass level to control soil erosion, and for reclamation or re-vegetation of land.

Kochia Scoparia contains higher levels of protein and oxalate than most grasses and fodder plants, thus it also serves as a good forage crop for livestock. When grown as ornamental plant, Kochia is a good choice as evergreen foliage plant for landscapes.

Kochia Scoparia, Summer Cypress Plant

Kochia Scoparia, Image by Shin Kusano

How to Grow Kochia

Kochia is fairly easy to grow and does not have any special requirements. Propagated from seeds, Kochia requires bright sunlight and moderate water.

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5 thoughts on “Easy to Grow Foliage Plant: Kochia Scoparia (Summer Cypress)

  1. Amazing Kochia Scoparia . Ornamental and suitable for warm climate. A drought resistant as well. Ability to grow in any time during growing season. I think in Pakistan this plant can be useful having a hot soil temperature conditions !

  2. Be careful, the USDA website says “This plant is or can be noxious and/or invasive in some areas. Please consult the PLANTS Web site and your State Department of Natural Resources for this plant’s current status”

  3. Kochia scoparia is a noxious weed in parts of the USA … it’s another species, Kochia prostrata, that is a good forage plant.

  4. Today i saw it on ebay and amazon
    i really love it T_T and i want to have it T_T
    but after few hours, i felt tired, i couldn’t find a good seller or store that i belived. How can i buy it and ship to My VietNam :(( ?

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