Acantholimon glumaceum

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Acantholimon glumaceum (Jaub. & Spach) Boiss.

Plumbaginaceae

Life form: subshrub

Exposure: sun   3

Moisture: dry

Soil: sandy loam - Soil: gritty loam

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: evergreen

Shape: acicular

Division: simple

Shape: five-stellate
Fruit: not specified

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Inflorescence: spike

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: cushion- or mound-forming

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Caryophyllidae
Superordo:
Plumbaginanae
Ordo:
Plumbaginales

Acantholimon glumaceum is a subshrub.

Naming

Acantholimon glumaceum was already described and the name validly published by Hippolyte François Jaubert and Édouard Spach. It was Pierre Edmond Boissier, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics in 1846.

Taxonomy

Acantholimon glumaceum is a species in the genus Acantholimon which contains approximately 301 to 324 species and belongs to the family of the Plumbaginaceae (Leadwort Family).

Characteristics

Acantholimon glumaceum - habitus

Growth

The subshrubs reach heights of 5 to 8 centimetres.

Wood and Bark

Leaves

Acantholimon glumaceum is evergreen. The green, simple leaves are alternate. They are acicular with entire margins. The leaves are around 5 centimetres large and have a glabrous surface.

Flowers and Fruits

Acantholimon glumaceum produces spikes of dark-pink five-stellate flowers from July to August.


Root System

Distribution

Acantholimon glumaceum is native to Turkey, the Caucasus and northern Iran.

Cultivation

The subshrubs prefer a sunny situation on dry soil. The substrate should be sandy-loamy or gritty-loamy soil with a pH between 8 and 10. They tolerate temperatures down to -40°C (USDA zone 3).

Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber:

  • rockeries

Uses

Acantholimon glumaceum is considered a collector's perennial. The subshrubs are best planted in groups of 3 to 5. Suited for rockeries, as well as suited as container plant and as specimen plant.

Maintenance and Propagation

  • If possible the plants should not be transplanted.
  • Winter protection is advisable.
  • Plant in spring.

Propagate by cuttings.

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große 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.

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