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Chiastophyllum oppositifolium AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Alpine/Rockery

Habit

Mat forming

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Yellow in Spring and Summer

Foliage

Green 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

lamb's tail

Family

Crassulaceae


Chiastophyllum is a mat-forming succulent perennial with broad, fleshy leaves and racemes of small bell-shaped flowers in late spring and early summer

C. oppositifolium is a prostrate evergreen perennial to 20cm, with large, fleshy, ovate leaves and branched, arching racemes of small, bright yellow flowers on brownish stems

Synonym(s)

  • Chiastophyllum simplicifolia
  • Chiastophyllum simplicifolium
  • Cotyledon oppositifolia
  • Cotyledon simplicifolia

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Part shade

Aspect

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

Cultivation

Grow in moist but well-drained, poor to moderately fertile soil in partial shade

Soil

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

Propagation

Propagate by seed or use side shoots for softwood cuttings in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Garden Edging, Gravel Garden, Ground Cover or Rock Garden


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Can be damaged by slugs and snails

Diseases

Generally disease free