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Leucogenes grandiceps

South Island edelweiss

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Features

  • BloomsJune
  • Height0.1m to 0.2m
  • Spread0.1m to 0.2m
  • Growth HabitCarpet
  • Flower ColourYellow
  • Leaf ColourSilver

Description

Leucogenes grandiceps (South Island edelweiss). They will produce white bracts with golden-yellow flowerheads and downy silver leaves. It is dense and low growing, and will reach a height and spread 15cm.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen

Origin

New Zealand (South Island)

Interest and use

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

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilGritty
  • WaterSemi-moist or Moist

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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