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Acaena microphylla

Blue mountain bidi-bidi

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Features

  • BloomsAugust to October
  • Height0.05m to 0.1m
  • Spread0.15m to 0.3m
  • Growth HabitLow spreading
  • Flower ColourBurs are red, flowers are pale green. Fruits are copper brown.
  • Leaf ColourDark blue-green to bronze
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Acaena microphylla (Blue mountain bidi-bidi). This shrub is the smallest species in the genus and it will form a dense mat up to about 30cm wide. The leaves are small and brown when young and it will produce pale green flowers with large red bracts, which turn copper brown in the autumn as the fruit ripens. Composite foliage formed of toothed leaflets is dark blue-green to bronze.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Fragrant

Origin

New Zealand

Interest and use

Rock gardens, ground cover, walls. Autumn interest.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHardy (min -10°C)
  • SoilSandy
  • Soil pH6.0 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

Grow in light, sandy, free-draining soil in full sun or partial shade.

Propagation

By seed in autumn or by division in Spring

Pests, diseases or disorders

Trouble free.

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