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.
Perennials, Evergreens, Shrubs or Alpines
Rocky areas E. Med., C. Asia
Grown for the flowers and foliage. Suitable for rock gardens.
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.
Propagate by softwood cuttings in late spring. The seed is rarely set in cultivation.
Red spider mites may be a problem under glass.
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