Azorella trifurcata

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Azorella trifurcata (Gaertn.) Pers.

Apiaceae

Life form: perennial
Usage: ornamental plant

Exposure: sun   8

Moisture: dry

Soil: gritty loam

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: evergreen

Shape: linear

Division: not specified

Shape: five-stellate
Fruit: achene

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Inflorescence: umbel

Petals: single
Habit: not specified

Growth form: cushion- or mound-forming

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Cornidae
Superordo:
Aralianae
Ordo:
Araliales

Azorella trifurcata is a perennial.

Naming

Azorella trifurcata was already described and the name validly published by Joseph Gaertner. It was Christiaan Hendrik Persoon, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics in 1805.

Taxonomy

Azorella trifurcata is a species in the genus Azorella which contains approximately 29 to 38 species and belongs to the family of the Apiaceae (Carrot Family).

Characteristics

Growth

The perennials have a pulvinate (cushion-formig) habit and reach heights of 5 to 10 centimetres.

Leaves

Azorella trifurcata is evergreen. The green leaves are alternate. They are linear. The leaves are around 5 centimetres large and have a glabrous surface.

Flowers and Fruits

Azorella trifurcata produces umbels of white five-stellate flowers from June to July.

The perennials produce achenes.

Root System

Distribution

Azorella trifurcata is native to Chile and Argentina.

Cultivation

The perennials prefer a sunny situation on dry soil. The substrate should be gritty loam with a pH between 8 and 10. They tolerate temperatures down to -12°C (USDA zone 8).

Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber

  • rockeries

Uses

Azorella trifurcata is considered a very valuable wild perennial. The recommended planting distance is 20 to 30 centimetres, the perennials are best planted in groups of 10 to more than 15. Suited for rockeries and for roof greening, as well as suited as a neighbour to roses, cemetery plant, groundcover, container plant, slope plant and as bee pasture.

Maintenance and Propagation

  • Winter protection may be necessary.

Propagate by cuttings or by division.

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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