Antennaria dioica var. borealis

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Antennaria dioica var. borealis E.G.Camus

Asteraceae

Life form: perennial

Exposure: sun   5

Moisture: moderately moist

Soil: gritty loam - Soil: sandy clay

Arrangement: rosette
Leaves: evergreen

Shape: lanceolate

Division: simple

Shape: many-stellate
Fruit: achene

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Inflorescence: corymb

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: mat-forming

Taxonomy

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

Antennaria dioica var. borealis is a perennial.

Naming

Taxonomy

Antennaria dioica var. borealis is a variety in the genus Antennaria which contains approximately 77 to 94 species and belongs to the family of the Asteraceae (Aster Family).

Characteristics

Growth

The perennials have a mat-forming habit and reach heights of 8 to 10 centimetres.

Leaves

Antennaria dioica var. borealis is evergreen. The yellow-green, simple leaves are in rosettes. They are lanceolate with entire margins. The leaves are around 5 centimetres large.

Flowers and Fruits

Antennaria dioica var. borealis produces corymbs of white many-stellate flowers from May to June.

The perennials carry white achenes.

Root System

Distribution

Antennaria dioica var. borealis is native to the subarctic zones.

Cultivation

The perennials prefer a sunny situation on moderately moist soil. The substrate should be gritty-loamy or sandy clay soil. They tolerate temperatures down to -29°C (USDA zone 5).

Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber

  • heathlands/dunes (poor soil)
  • open areas
  • steppes/dry forests (usually calcareous soil)
  • woodland borders (soil usually rich in humus)

Uses

Antennaria dioica var. borealis is considered a very valuable wild perennial. The recommended planting distance is 20 centimetres, the perennials are best planted in groups of 5 to more than 15. Suited for moorland gardens and for rockeries, as well as suited as cemetery plant, groundcover, container plant, slope plant and as bee pasture.

Maintenance and Propagation

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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