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Saxifraga stolonifera (5) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Houseplant or Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Trailing

Resilience

Hardiness

H2 (tender - cool or frost-free greenhouse)

Colour

Flower

White in Summer

Foliage

Green, Grey/Silver and Red in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

strawberry saxifrage

Family

Saxifragaceae


Saxifraga can be annuals, biennials, evergreen or herbaceous perennials, mostly mat-forming in habit, with simple or palmately lobed leaves and starry or rounded flowers which may be solitary of in panicles or cymes

Irregulares section saxifrages are shade-tolerant, usually herbaceous perennials forming rosettes broad, palmately lobed leaves, with leafless stems bearing lax panicles of small flowers with short upper, and longer lower petals, in summer or autumn

S. stolonifera is an herbaceous perennial, semi-evergreen under glass, to 30cm, with long, slender red stolons bearing plantlets, rounded hairy dark green leaves to 10cm across, with silvery veins above, reddish beneath; small white flowers in panicles

Other common names

  • Aaron's beard
  • beefsteak plant
  • creeping sailor
  • creeping saxifrage
  • mother of thousands
  • old man's beard
  • strawberry begonia
  • strawberry geranium
  • strawberry saxifrage
  • Wandering Jew

Synonym(s)

  • Saxifraga sarmentosa

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Part shade
  • Full shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow indoors where it tolerates a wide range of conditions. Outdoors grow in well-drained humus-rich soil in full or partial shade

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Loam, Chalk or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by seed or detach individual rosettes

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Rock Garden, Patio/Container Plants or Flower borders and beds


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be attacked by slugs, aphids and glasshouse red spider mite

Diseases

Generally disease free