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Dionysia aretioides
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aretioid dionysia

D. aretioides is an evergreen perennial forming a compact cushion to 7cm in height, formed of rosettes of narrowly oblong leaves, with fragrant, slender-tubed, bright yellow flowers 1cm across, borne just above the foliage

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Size
Ultimate height
Up to 10cm
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0–0.1 metre
Growing conditions
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Yellow Green
Summer Green
Autumn Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Primulaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Clump forming
Genus

Dionysia are small evergreen perennials forming cushions of oblong or spoon-shaped leaves, with 5-petalled, salver-shaped, yellow, pink or purple flowers in spring or early summer

Name status

Correct

Plant range
N Iran

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow under glass or in an alpine house in a mix of 3 parts grit to one part each of loam and leaf mould. Provide a deep collar of grit and maintain good ventilation in full light. When in growth water sparingly from below (ensuring the collar is kept dry) and water sparingly in winter. Also easy to grow outdoors in tufa (a variety of limestone) in full sun but protect plant surface from wet

Propagation

Propagate by cuttings of single rosettes in summer. Water from below

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

No pruning required

Pests

May be susceptible to aphids

Diseases

May be susceptible to grey moulds

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