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Acaena saccaticupula 'Blue Haze'

New Zealand burr

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Red

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

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Plant details

New Zealand Burr is an easy-to-grow alpine plant, forming a low mat of blue, fern-like leaves, above which greenish flowers are borne on short stems in summer. The spherical flower-heads are followed by dark red burrs, with pinkish-red spines in mid-summer.

It's ideal for growing in rock gardens, containers and at the front of borders. It's very tolerant of poor soil and works well when planted with spring-flowering bulbs.

For best results grow in moist but well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. Plants are evergreen in mild regions.

Family: Rosaceae

Genus: Acaena

Species: saccaticupula

Cultivar: Blue Haze

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Red

Foliage colour: Grey

Feature: Flowers

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

Time to divide plants: September to November

Time to take cuttings: May

Time to plant: March to June

Flowering period: July to August


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