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Leucogenes leontopodium

North Island edelweiss

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Features

  • BloomsJune
  • Height0.1m to 0.2m
  • Growth HabitBroad arching
  • Flower ColourYellow
  • Leaf ColourSilvery

Description

Leucogenes leontopodium (North Island edelweiss). This species grows about 15cm in height it produces silvery white to yellow leaves. The flowers are small star-shaped and downy with silvery white blooms they are surrounded by thick, felted white bracts.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen

Origin

New Zealand

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, Peaty
  • 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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