Acaena novae-zealandiae

New Zealand burr

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Attractive seed-heads, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


photo by Matt Anker, copyright GAP Photos (164850)

Plant details

A New Zealand subalpine plant with grey-green leaves and purplish flower-heads, followed by burr-like fruits in late summer. A good paving or rock garden plant.

Family: Rosaceae

Genus: Acaena

Species: novae-zealandiae

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Purple

Foliage colour: Blue-green

Feature: Attractive seed-heads, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 15cm

Spread: 100cm

Time to plant seeds: September to October

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