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 CharacteristicsScalloped, purple leaves. Low maintenance.
CareProvide full sun and well-drained, sandy soil.
PropagationSeparate rooted stems in early spring or fall, or take cuttings in late spring.
ProblemsPowdery mildew, rust.
- Genus : Acaena
- Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
- Zones : 6, 7, 8, 9
- Moisture : Dry to Medium
- Bloom Time : Early Summer
- Light : Full Sun
- Uses : Ground Covers
- Maintenance : Low
- Foliage Color : Purple/Burgundy
- Characteristics : Showy Foliage
- Plant Type : Shrubs
- Growth Rate : Slow
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
- Plant Height : Under 6 inches