In this Gardener's HQ guide, we'll explore cultivating Chiastophyllum plants in your garden, indoor spaces, and other settings.
Chiastophyllum is a hardy perennial.
It flowers in the summer with sprays of yellow flowers at the end of wands.
It is an ideal plant for growing in rockeries.
Common names includeGolden drop and Silver crown.
Chiastophyllum (Golden drop) - Public domain photograph
As a member of the Crassulaceae family, Golden drop is closly related to the Sedum plant genera.
If planning to grow Chiastophyllum plants outdoors then they should be planted on the soil surface in early spring before the last frost or towards the end of autumn.
Silver crown and other Chiastophyllum should be grown in a sunny part of the garden, though they do well in partly shaded conditions too.
The soil should have good drainage but slightly moist in composition.
When starting as seedlings first indoor then they should be prepared about two months before they are due to be transplanted outdoors in the middle of spring or in autumn.
Seeds should be chilled by placing the seeds (within soil) in a black bag, then placing in the fridge for two weeks.
Seeds should then be sown at a temperature of about 22-23 Celsius; they normally take from two to eight weeks to germinate.
Chiastophyllum plant seedlings should be planted out with a spacing of around 15 cm. They require watering whilst growing, but can be left dry for the rest of the year.
If you require more plants then cuttings can be made towards the end of summer.
The Chiastophyllum genus includes just one species, Chiastophyllum oppositifolium, also known as Lamb's Tail.
Chiastophyllum oppositifolium is an excellent groundcover plant for shady spots in the garden, producing cascades of yellow flowers in spring.
The most frequently grown is the only species in the genus: Chiastophyllum oppositifolium, commonly called Lamb's Tail.
While Chiastophyllum oppositifolium offers charming yellow blooms, it isn't particularly known for a fragrance.
Chiastophyllum prefers shady to partially shaded spots and well-drained soil. It's perfect for rockeries or border fronts.
Presently, Chiastophyllum is not considered invasive in the USA. It's often used as a low-maintenance ground cover in suitable climates.
Chiastophyllum can be removed by digging out the plants, including the roots, to prevent regrowth.
The Chiastophyllum genus, part of the Crassulaceae family, is native to the Caucasus. The most known species, Chiastophyllum oppositifolium, is a perennial plant recognized for its succulent, opposite leaves and hanging clusters of yellow flowers that bloom in spring.
To grow Chiastophyllum, plant them in a shaded location with well-drained soil. They can be grown from seeds or cuttings. Regular watering is necessary, but they are relatively drought-tolerant once established. Due to their creeping habit and tolerance of shade, they are often used as ground cover or in rock gardens.