This close relative of the edible peanut was discovered relatively recently in Brazil in the 1950’s by the Brazilian botanist Geraldo Pinto. Although it does produce a very small peanut (not eaten) underground, the plant is best known as an excellent forage (eaten by grazing livestock) crop—especially so because it fixes nitrogen and is a perennial plant. It was released in Hawaii by the University as a multiple-use plant, as it is also an excellent ground-cover plant, which can be maintained less than 6 inches tall either by grazing or by mowing.
We use it in the Gardens as a soil-stabilizing, weed-controlling ground-cover plant. Its foliage covers the ground so densely that light-requiring weed seeds won’t sprout from beneath its cover. Its bright yellow (mainly summer) flowers contrast nicely with its emerald-green foliage. Fortunately, and importantly for us, it does not appear to be attractive to foraging feral pigs, unlike some other kinds of ground-cover plants.
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