Low Water Use
In 2015 UC Davis and UC Agriculture and Natural Resources released a 2-year joint study which recommends that once Kurapia is fully established it can be irrigated at 20% of ETo by drip irrigation. In 2012, UC Riverside’s Under Extreme Deficit Irrigation Study showed that Kurapia outperformed other turf grasses in drought survivability and appearance at 40% of ETo when being irrigated with overhead sprinklers.
Kurapia has a rapid growth rate and establishes itself quickly. During its growing season Kurapia can be planted as plugs and achieve full coverage of an area in as quickly as three months, depending on site conditions. Its resilience allows it to recover from drought stress and mechanical damage.
Kurapia establishes quickly and its prostrate growth habit reduces the need for pruning. Mowing is completely optional as Kurapia has a very low growth habit. For a tight, dense turf appearance Kurapia should only be mowed as often as once a month or less.
Kurapia develops an extensive and dense root system. Depending on the soil type, roots can reach a depth of up to 1 meter and forms a thick mat underneath the soil surface. This root system can be very beneficial in reducing soil erosion and water runoff.
Kurapia has thick, dense growth that suppresses weeds and reduces the need for weeding.
Kurapia was hybridized from Lippia to be sterile, meaing it does not reseed. A 2012 UC Davis Test for Weed Risk Assessment (WRA) using the Seebacher model (Plant Right) found Kurapia to have a Plant Risk Evaluation (PRE) score of 9, meaning it is accepted as low risk of invasiveness.
Wide pH & Salinity Tolerance
Kurapia grows well in both low and high pH soils and also tolerates soils containing high salt concentration. Kurapia was quick to establish when irrigated with 2 and 3 ds/m, and was also the best performer with irrigation water with an EC of 7 ds/m. A 2014 UC Riverside Test found that Kurapia is able to tolerate spray with water having salt levels found in most recycled waters.
Long Flowering Season
Kurapia has a long blooming period and grows small white flowers that are attractive to pollinators such as bees and butterflies. Pollination offers many benefits to the environment, agriculture and the health of your own garden or landscape.