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Perennial Peanut: An Alternative Forage of Growing Importance

What Is It? The rhizoma (perennial) peanut (Arachis glabrata Benth.) is a primitive peanut that produces very few seed in contrast to common peanut (Arachis hypogaea L.). It is a warm season/tropical perennial legume native to South America. Its potential uses include hay and other dehydrated products, pasture, creep grazing, silage, ornamental, conservation cover, and […]

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Perennial Peanut

This low-maintenance groundcover offers bright flowers all summer long. Characteristics Florida’s hot summers and sandy soils can pose a challenge for some plants, but not this tough plant. Perennial peanut is a versatile groundcover that can be planted statewide and blooms all summer long with cheerful golden flowers. It can be planted on its own […]

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Ask Dr. Hort: On the hunt for perennial peanut

Q: I am wanting to buy peanut cover with little yellow flowers that they use in medians, but in seed form by the bushel. Any ideas? David Eluik Dr. Hort: Unfortunately, perennial peanut, Arachis glabrata, produces very few seeds and is propagated vegetatively from underground rhizomes (stems), so your choices are plugs, 6-inch pots (1 […]

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Perennial Peanut Establishment Guide

The purpose of this publication is to provide a guide for planting and establishing rhizomal perennial peanut (Arachis glabrata Benth.). This guide does not address all possible situations, but serves as a general procedural outline. In order to learn more about perennial peanut production, the authors of this document encourage producers to use their inventiveness […]

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UF releases ornamental peanut plants for use as lawn, groundcover

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Homeowners tired of watering, fertilizing and mowing grass have a new low-maintenance lawn option—peanuts. No, it’s not the crunchy snack. And these plants don’t produce food. University of Florida researchers say a plant called rhizoma perennial peanut is gaining popularity as a groundcover. A distant cousin of the well-known crop, perennial peanut […]

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