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LITHODORA 'Heavenly Blue'

Deep blue gentian-like flowers, prostrate
Further Reading....
  • Evergreen
    Elliptic to narrowly oblong, deep-green leaves 1-3.5cm (½ to 1½in) long.
  • Blue
    Gentian blue
  • Height
    15cm (6in)
  • Spread
    60cm (24in)
  • Alpine or rock plant
    These plants prefer well drained soil and are generally dwarf in habit.
    Prostrate, spreading, many-branched shrub. Produces a profusion of flowers to 1cm (½in) across in terminal clusters.
  • Dwarf shrub
    Typically only grows to a maximum of one or two feet in height but there will be some exceptions.
  • Hardy - cold winter
    Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
  • Full sun

LITHODORA 'Heavenly Blue'

 
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  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    Syn Lithospermum diffusum. Blooms over a long period from late spring to summer
    Pests & Diseases
    Aphids and red spider mite in glasshouse
    Place of origin
    Garden origin
    Resistant to honey fungus
    These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
  • Garden Location/Conditions
    Rockery (inc alpine)
    Suitable for small gardens
  • Hardiness
    Fully hardy
  • Leaf margin
    Entire
    (see photos above)
  • Leaf shape
    Elliptic
    (see photos above)
    Oblong
    (see photos above)
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 5
    Suitable for: Evergreen shrubs that require minimal pruning.
    Action: Trim or lightly cut back shoots that spoil symmetry. Deadhead regularly.
    When: Annually after flowering.

    RHS group 8
    Pruning group 7
    Suitable for: Evergreen shrubs that flower on previous year's growth in Spring, or current year's growth in late Summer/Autumn.
    Action: Cut back flowered shoots to within 1 inch of previous year's growth.
    When: Annually after flowering or in Spring if flowering on current year's growth.

    RHS group 10
  • Seasonal Interest
    Spring
    Summer
  • Soil Conditions
    Acid / ericaceous loving
    Humus-rich.
    Fertile well drained soil
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15cm (6in)
Dwarf Shrub - guide for size not form Hand Trowel
  60cm (24in)
 

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