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Acaena inermis 'Purpurea' (Purple sheep's burr, Purple goose leaf)

Acaena inermis 'Purpurea' Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Quansett Nurseries

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Acaena inermis 'Purpurea' ah-SEE-nah ih-NER-mis Common Name: Purple sheep's burr, Purple goose leaf Genus: Acaena
This New Zealand native subshrub has 3-inch-wide scalloped leaves and little purple-brown to pale olive leaflets. Its rhizomatous roots spread in a mat to support this plant's wonderful ground-cover form. In early summer, 3/4-inch-wide flowers appear on short stems, and brownish green sepals and white anthers contrast with the dark leaves. The rhizomatous roots of this plant spread slowly into a mat, forming a nice ground cover. Prune every five years or so for a neat appearance; little other care is required. -Gerald Gibbens, Regional Picks: Northwest, Fine Gardening issue #120
Noteworthy characteristics: Scalloped, purple leaves. Low maintenance.
Care: Provide full sun and well-drained, sandy soil.
Propagation: Separate rooted stems in early spring or fall, or take cuttings in late spring.
Problems: Powdery mildew, rust.
Height Less than 6 in.
Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit Spreads
Growth Pace Slow Grower
Light Full Sun Only
Moisture Dry to Medium
Maintenance Low
Characteristics Showy Foliage
Bloom Time Early Summer
Foliage Color Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Flower Color Brown Flower
Uses Ground Covers
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest, Summer Interest
Type Shrubs

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