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Pratia pedunculata

Pratia

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Blue

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Experienced

photo by J S Sira, copyright GAP Photos (228161)

Plant details

An unusual plant from Australia, this has masses of deep green evergreen leaves on creeping stems, which are studded with violet white flowers all summer. The remarkable thing about this plant is that, unlike most rock plants, it thrives out of the sun, from dappled to quite deep shade. Although it prefers moist soil, it also thrives happily in dry conditions once it is well established. It is useful as flowering ground cover in rock gardens and borders generally, also in containers of choice shade-loving dwarf and alpine plants such as ramonda, haberlea, and alpine primulas. Be careful that it does not spread out of bounds.

Family: Campanulaceae

Genus: Pratia

Species: pedunculata

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Blue

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Moist, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 2cm

Spread: 150cm

Time to divide plants: April to September


Reader reviews

Bug2

"Be careful that it doesn't spread out of bounds". Sounds innocent enough but this plant can be VERY invasive as I found to my cost. Spreads by underground stolons. Others have found the same (gardenofaaron.com.) it has taken me over a year to eradicate. I had to remove all the perennials form an area of over two square meters. I had planted a 10 cm pot from the garden centre in June 2011 and a year later it had invaded all the surrounding perennials over 1-2 square meters. Digging out is insufficient as this propagates it further. I used glyphosate in the end and it still came back. Please put a well researched warning on your website bot this plant. DO NOT UNDER ESTIMATE this plant.
I am still having a similar problem with a small hypericum, callycinum I think. This even started re growing on my bonfire site from seeds in the soil presumably.


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