Aurinia saxatilis Desv.
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Aurinia saxatilis is a perennial.
Aurinia saxatilis was already described and the name validly published by Carl Linnaeus. It was Nicaise Auguste Desvaux, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics in 1815.
The perennials have a pulvinate (cushion-formig) habit and reach heights of 25 to 40 centimetres. The plants reach a width of 10 to 30 centimetres.
Aurinia saxatilis is deciduous. The simple leaves are alternate. They are spatulate, entire and sessile. The surface of the leaves is pilose.
Flowers and Fruits
Aurinia saxatilis produces panicles of erect, yellow-orange cruciform flowers from April to May. The plants are hermaphroditic.
The perennials produce silicles.
Aurinia saxatilis is native to Central Europe and Southern Europe.
The perennials prefer a sunny situation on dry to moderately moist soil. The substrate should be sandy-loamy, gritty-loamy, sandy clay, loamy clay or peaty soil. They tolerate temperatures down to -23Â°C (USDA zone 6).
Tolerance of special soil conditions
- none: drought
The ornamental value of Aurinia saxatilis lies especially in the ornamental leaves. Suited for rockeries, roof greening and for beds and borders, as well as suited as groundcover and as bee pasture.
Maintenance and Propagation
The plants usually require only a moderate amount of maintenance.
Pests and Diseases
Honeydew, galls and distorted leaves are a sign for an infestation with aphids. Use an insecticide or control biologically , e.g. with parasitic wasps or predators such as Aphidoletes aphidimyza.
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