Littleleaf Cordia

Cordia parvifolia

Large and mostly evergreen shrub with a bit of an unruly form.

Flowers: J F M A M J J A S O N D
Status: Near Native
Origin: Thornscrub areas of Northern Mexico
Family: Boraginaceae
Size: 6 wide’ x 8′ tall
Sun: Full
Watering: Low once established
Growth Rate: Moderate
Soil: Tolerant
Temperature: Hardy to 10 F
Pruning: None
Disease and Pests: None
Uses: Nectar rich flowers, fallen flowers provide food for animals, shelter for birds
Notes: Nectar contains pyrrolizidine alkaloids that are used by male Monarchs and other butterflies to attract females.

The flowers of Cordia parvifolia are one of its most striking attributes. They are borne in clusters at the ends of branches and are trumpet-shaped, resembling small, white or cream-colored bells. These fragrant flowers are known to attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. The blooming period typically occurs during the warm months, from spring to summer, adding a splash of color and fragrance to the landscape.

Aside from its aesthetic value, Cordia parvifolia has a history of use for medicinal properties. Various parts of the plant, such as the bark, leaves, and roots, have been used in herbal medicine to treat a range of ailments. It is believed to possess anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties. The plant extracts are used to alleviate respiratory conditions, digestive disorders, skin irritations, and promote overall well-being.