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Androsace pubescens

downy rock jasmine

A cushion-forming, evergreen perennial with dense rosettes of small, hairy, mid-green leaves. White flowers, up to 10mm across, with yellow or green eyes, are produced on very short stems in late spring and early summer

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Size
Ultimate height
Up to 10cm
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring White Green
Summer White Green
Autumn Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Primulaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Matforming
Genus

Androsace can be annuals, biennials or evergreen perennials forming mats or compact cushions, with salver-shaped flowers which may be solitary or in umbels

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Alps, Pyrenees

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in gritty, well-drained soil in a wall crevice, rock garden, scree or trough

Propagation

Propagate by seed or root single rosettes as cuttings in early to mid-summer. Water cuttings from below to avoid wetting foliage

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Patio and container plants
  • Rock garden
  • Gravel garden
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

May suffer from fungal problems under wet conditions

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