The common name for the hardy perennial Acantholimon is Prickly thrift and they look great growing in rock-gardens.
It is important to grow the Acantholimon plant in dry conditions and it typically flowers from july to August.
Latin names of some of the more common species include Acantholimon glumaceum, A. androsaceum, and A. venustum.
Prickly thrift is normally evergreen, has many star shaped flowers and needle leaves.
It is native to dryer and desert areas of Europe, South America, and central Asia. It is suited for rockeries, or for growing in wall crevices.
Acantholimon olivieri photograph by col&tasha, cc.
Acantholimon androsaceum picture by Bdk
Lithograph of Acantholimon glumaceum.
As Acantholimon is a very difficult garden plant to germinate from seed it is recommended that seedlings should be purchased from garden centres, and planted 8 to 12 cm apart either after the last spring frost or in the Autumn.
Prickly thrift prefers strong light and should be grown in sunny conditions in an alkaline soil that is gritty or sandy. The Acantholimon plants grow very slowly and should be supplied with winter mulch.
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