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Lithodora, once called Lithospermum, has gentian-like flowers during the middle of the summer when few true gentians are blooming. Lithodora is easy to grow and flowers well. Its evergreen mats of foliage spread slowly to make good ground cover on a rock garden or scree.
Lithodora ‘Star’ produces flowers that have a white edge, making the radiating blue colour of the flowers appear star-like. It's perfect for growing in an open, sunny situation. Grow in well-drained, acidic soil in full sun. Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings.
Plant type: Evergreen shrub
Flower colour: Blue
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline, Acidic
Skill level: Experienced
Time to take cuttings: May to July
Flowering period: June to August
The soil type shown above is chalky/alkaline but my Lithodora plant label says "acid soils" which is confirmed by a web search. Is your information incorrect?
I'm trying the soil type as above reading:
"Unlike many rock plants, lithodora needs a humus-rich soil, rather than a gritty one, so make a special planting pocket for them. Place several rocks close to the plant so the soil underneath remains cool and moist in a hot summer, giving the roots a reliable comfort zone."
as I'm planting in a narrow border by pond edging, seems ideal for that place.
It would be useful to keep in touch.
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