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Acantholimon venustum

Prickly thrift

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Features

  • BloomsJuly to August
  • Height0.05m to 0.1m
  • Spread0.15m to 0.2m
  • Speed of GrowthSlow
  • Growth HabitRosette
  • Flower ColourPink
  • Leaf ColourBlue grey

Description

Acantholimon venustum (Prickly thrift). A slow-growing perennial with rosettes of linear to lance-shaped, shiny, silver margined, glaucous leaves to 1.5-4 cms long. Bears profuse spikes of star-shaped, pink flowers on 3cm stems in early summer.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Shrub or Alpine

Origin

Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Iran

Interest and use

Rock garden or alpine house plant.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilGritty
  • Soil pH6.0 to 8.0
  • WaterDry

Cultivation

This plant needs a well drained, hot site in full sun.

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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