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Saxifraga 'Theoden' (oppositifolia) (7)

purple mountain saxifrage 'Theoden'

purple mountain saxifrage 'Theoden'

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  • Other common names purple mountain saxifrage 'Theoden'

  • Synonyms Saxifraga 'Theoden'

  • Family Saxifragaceae

  • 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

  • Horticultural Group Porphyrion section saxifrages are compact, cushion or mat-forming evergreen perennials with small, usually lime-encrusted leaves, and 5-petalled white, yellow or pink flowers in early summer

  • Details 'Theoden' is a mat-forming evergreen perennial to 2cm in height, with oblong dark green leaves 3-5mm in length, and cup-shaped vivid purple flowers to 2cm in width held just above the leaves in early summer


  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Mat forming

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)




  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Exposed


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • MoistureWell-drained

  • SoilChalk, Loam, Sand

  • pHAlkaline, Neutral


  • Ultimate height Up to 10 cm

  • Ultimate spread 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in humus-rich, moist but very well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil in partial shade. Can be grown in a pot in alpine house

Propagation Propagate by division in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types Gravel Garden Patio & Container Plants Rock Garden

How to care

Pruning No pruning required

Pests Aphids, slugs, vine weevil and glasshouse red spider mite may be a problem

Diseases Generally disease free

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