Anacyclus pyrethrum

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Asteraceae

Life form: perennial

Exposure: sun   7

Moisture: dry

Soil: sand - Soil: gritty-sandy - Soil: gritty loam

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: decidious

Shape: not specified

Division: not specified

Shape: many-stellate
Fruit: achene

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Inflorescence: solitary

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Asteridae
Superordo:
Asteranae
Ordo:
Asterales

Anacyclus pyrethrum is a perennial.

Naming

Anacyclus pyrethrum was already described and the name validly published by Carl Linnaeus. It was Mariano Lagasca y Segura, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics in 1816.

Taxonomy

Anacyclus pyrethrum is a species in the genus Anacyclus which contains approximately 14 to 24 species and belongs to the family of the Asteraceae (Aster Family). The type species of the genus is Anacyclus valentinus.

Characteristics

Growth

The perennials reach heights of 2 to 5 centimetres.

Leaves

Anacyclus pyrethrum is deciduous. The silver-grey leaves are alternate. The leaves are around 5 centimetres large.

Flowers and Fruits

Anacyclus pyrethrum produces solitary white many-stellate flowers from May to August.

The perennials produce achenes.

Root System

Distribution

Anacyclus pyrethrum is native to Southeast Spain, Morocco and Algeria.

Cultivation

The perennials prefer a sunny situation on dry soil. The substrate should be sandy, gritty-sandy or gritty-loamy soil. They tolerate temperatures down to -18°C (USDA zone 7).

Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber

  • rockeries

Uses

Anacyclus pyrethrum is considered a collector's perennial. The recommended planting distance is 30 to 35 centimetres, the perennials are best planted in groups of 3 to 5. Suited for moorland gardens and for rockeries, as well as suited as groundcover and as container plant.

Maintenance and Propagation

  • Winter protection is absolutely necessary.

Propagate by sowing.

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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