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LITHODORA 'Heavenly Blue'

Deep blue gentian-like flowers, prostrate

  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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) -
  • Hardiness - Fully hardy -
  • 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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