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Leucogenes Genus

New Zealand edelweiss

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHardy (min -10°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Humus-rich, Gritty, Peaty
  • WaterSemi-moist or Moist

Description

Leucogenes genus (New Zealand edelweiss). This genus consists of about 3 or 4 species of evergreen, woody based perennials, they produce small furry white flowers. It is ideal for a alpine house in areas where summers are cool. It is frost to half hardy and will need sun and gritty well drained, peaty soil. You can propagate by seeds when fresh or by softwood cuttings in late spring or early summer.

Characteristics

Perennials, Evergreens

Origin

New Zealand

Interest and use

Grown for their foliage. Is excellent for alpine houses in areas where summers are cool.

Cultivation

They will need very good drainage. You should plant in full or filtered sun in a gritty, peat soil. You can propagate from fresh, ripe seeds or from cuttings in late spring or early summer.

Propagation

Seed when fresh or by softwood cuttings in late spring or early summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Susceptible to red spider mites under glass, damage by slugs and snails.

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