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Saxifraga 'Rosea' (paniculata) (8) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Alpine/Rockery

Habit

Clump-forming

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Pink 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 'Rosea'

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

'Rosea' is an evergreen perennial forming a mat of rosettes of narrow grey-green leaves. Stems to 30cm bear large panicles of clear rose-pink flowers 12mm wide in early summer

Synonym(s)

  • Saxifraga aizoon 'Rosea'
  • Saxifraga 'Crimson Rose' (paniculata)
  • Saxifraga 'Rubra' (aizoon)
  • Saxifraga 'Rubra' (paniculata)

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, very well-drained, alkaline soil in full sun. Can be grown in a pot in an alpine house but easy to grow outside

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Alkaline
  • Chalk

Propagation

Propagate by division in spring

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