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Saxifraga 'Major' (cochlearis) (8)

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Characteristics

Plant type

Alpine/Rockery

Habit

Clump-forming

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

White in Summer

Foliage

Green and Grey/Silver 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

saxifrage 'Major'

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

Ligulatae section saxifrages are evergreen perennials forming monocarpic rosettes, usually clustered, of narrowly strap-shaped or oblong, lime-encrusted leaves, with sprays of small white, pale yellow or pink flowers in late spring or early summer

'Major' is an evergreen perennial with rosettes of narrowly spoon-shaped grey-green leaves to 4.5cm in length. Flowers 2cm in width, white, borne in panicles on stems to 20cm in early summer

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