Acaena microphylla Hook.
Acaena microphylla is a perennial.
Acaena microphylla was described by Joseph Dalton Hooker in 1852. The name is considered as validly published.
The perennials reach heights of 5 to 10 centimetres.
Acaena microphylla is evergreen. The brown, imparipinnate leaves are alternate. The leaflets are elliptic and have serrate margins. The leaves are around 5 centimetres large.
Flowers and Fruits
Acaena microphylla produces capituli of white flowers from August to September.
The perennials produce red nutlets in winter. The surface of the fruits is prickly.
Acaena microphylla is native to New Zealand.
The perennials prefer a sunny situation on dry to moderately moist soil. The substrate should be sandy loam with a pH between 8 and 10. They tolerate temperatures down to -23Â°C (USDA zone 6).
Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber
- open areas
Acaena microphylla is considered a valuable wild perennial. The recommended planting distance is 20 to 25 centimetres, the perennials are best planted in groups of more than 15. Suited for rockeries, as well as suited as 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.