Acaena buchananii Hook.
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Acaena buchananii is a perennial.
Acaena buchananii was described by Joseph Dalton Hooker in 1864. The name is considered as validly published.
The perennials have a mat-forming habit and reach heights of 2 to 5 centimetres.
Acaena buchananii is evergreen. The glaucous to silver-grey, imparipinnate leaves are alternate. The leaflets are elliptic and have serrate margins. The surface of the leaves is glabrous.
Flowers and Fruits
Acaena buchananii produces capituli of yellow flowers in May.
The perennials produce ornamental brown nutlets in summer.
Acaena buchananii is native to New Zealand.
The perennials prefer a sunny situation on dry to moderately moist soil. The substrate should be sandy, gritty-sandy, loamy, sandy-loamy, clay, sandy clay or loamy clay soil with a pH between 8 and 10. They tolerate temperatures down to -23Â°C (USDA zone 6).
Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber:
- open areas
Tolerance of special soil conditions
- none: waterlogging, winter dampness
Acaena buchananii is considered a valuable wild perennial. The recommended planting distance is 30 centimetres, the perennials are best planted in groups of more than 15. Suited for rockeries, as well as suited as a neighbour to roses, cemetery plant, groundcover, container plant and as slope plant.
Maintenance and Propagation
- Winter protection from black frost.
Pests and Diseases
- Walter Erhardt, Erich GÃ¶tz, Nils BÃ¶deker, Siegmund Seybold: Der groÃe Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
- Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.