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Acantholimon Genus

Prickly thrift

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Gritty
  • Soil pH6.0 to 8.0
  • WaterDry

Description

Acantholimon genus (Prickly thrift). A genus of about 120 species of unusual prickly-leaved dwarf evergreen perennials, with tight cushions of spiny needle-like leaves. These produce spikes of flowers, pink-white in colour.

Characteristics

Perennials, Evergreens, Shrubs or Alpines

Origin

Rocky areas E. Med., C. Asia

Interest and use

Grown for the flowers and foliage. Suitable for rock gardens.

Cultivation

Acantholimon need dry gritty soil to grow well since in the wild they inhabit dry mountain and desert areas, growing on screes and the edges of salt lakes.

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings in late spring. The seed is rarely set in cultivation.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Red spider mites may be a problem under glass.

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