Did You Know…?

Arachis pintoi.

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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