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Saxifraga 'Peter Burrow' (× poluanglica) (7)

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Characteristics

Plant type

Alpine/Rockery

Habit

Clump-forming

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Pale Pink and Pale Purple in Spring

Foliage

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

Size

Ultimate height

Up to 10 cm

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

saxifrage 'Peter Burrow'

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

Porphyrion section saxifrages are compact, cushion or mat-forming evergreen perennials with small, usually lime-encrusted leaves, and 5-petalled white, yellow or pink flowers in early summer

'Peter Burrow' is an evergreen perennial forming a compact mound with rosettes of tiny, dark grey-green, awl-shaped leaves, becoming silvered in winter, and solitary pale purplish-pink flowers 2cm across, with orange anthers

Synonym(s)

  • Saxifraga 'Peter Burrow'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, very well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil; keep roots moist. Tolerant of full sun in cool areas but protect from leaf scorch in warm areas

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Loam or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by detaching rosettes and rooting as cuttings in late spring or early summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Gravel Garden, Patio/Container Plants or Rock Garden


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Aphids, slugs, vine weevil and glasshouse red spider mite may be a problem

Diseases

Generally disease free