Saxifraga x urbium Elliott’s Variety description
Dainty pink flowers on red wiry stems in the early summer.
Neat, compact green rosettes.
A pollinator friendly plant including bees.
How easy is it to grow:
This has won the RHS Award of Garden Merit . To win this impressive accolade the plants must have outstanding excellence for decorating a garden, be robust, not require highly specialist growing conditions or care and not be particularly susceptible to any pest or disease.
Good for the front of a border, alpine bed, rock garden, in containers, or by a patio and is undemanding in any reasonably drained soil, provided it isn’t too dry and provided there are no Vine Weevil in your garden (see ‘Care and maintenance’ below).
Also known as Saxifraga umbrosa Elliott’s Variety and Saxifraga umbrosa Clarence Elliott and Saxifraga umbrosa Elliott’s Variety and Saxifraga x urbium var. primuloides Elliott’s Variety and Saxafraga primuloides Elliott’s Variety and Saxifraga (London Pride Group) ‘Clarence Elliott’
It is a dwarf form of London Pride.
The best position in the garden:
Sun or semi shade.
Is it useful as a ground cover plant?
Yes, especially good for the front of a shady flower bed.
What type of soil:
Any reasonable soil where not too dry, also tolerates acidic soil.
How much moisture:
Hardiness and, or, lifespan:
Care and maintenance:
When newly planted always keep it watered until the roots have grown down and it is able to find its own moisture.
It is susceptible to Vine Weevil which lay their eggs by the plant and these develop into white, banana shaped grubs that chomp the roots. Biological control is pretty good at controlling it.
Size of plant:
Height 20 cm.
Spread 30 cm.
Planting density – to calculate how many plants are required in a planting scheme:
Allow 10 plants per square metre.
We have plenty more alpine plants for sale – many are easy to grow.
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