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Herbaceous Perennial

Saxifraga 'Early Ruby' (_fortunei_) (5)

saxifrage 'Early Ruby'

A clump-forming perennial growing to 40cm tall with green lobed leaves stained dark red. This relatively tall cultivar bears clusters of white flowers on red stems in late summer and autumn

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Red Green
Summer Red White Red Green
Autumn Red White Red Green
Winter
Position
  • Full shade
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or North–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Saxifragaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Saxifraga can be annuals, biennials, evergreen or herbaceous perennials, mostly mat-forming in habit, with simple or palmately lobed leaves and starry or rounded flowers which may be solitary of in panicles or cymes

Name status

Unresolved

Horticultural Group
Irregulares section saxifrages are shade-tolerant, usually herbaceous perennials forming rosettes broad, palmately lobed leaves, with leafless stems bearing lax panicles of small flowers with short upper, and longer lower petals, in summer or autumn

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained, moist, humus rich soil in deep or partial shade

Propagation

Propagate by division in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Coastal
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • Rock garden
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Garden edging
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Generally pest-free, but may be susceptible to slugs and vine weevil

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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