Lithodora are half hardy or hardy perennial subshrubs that range from 15 cm to 1.2 m in height.
They carry star shaped funnel flowers of blue, white, yellow or purple. The time they flower depends on the species, usually in the spring or summer; but some Lithodora varieties flower twice a year, in spring and in autumn.
Common names for Lithodora include Indian Paint, Gromwell and Puccoon.
Lithodora picture by Paul Schultz.
Lithodora white star photograph by tracie7779.
It is not recommended to try to grow Indian Paint and other Lithodora species from seeds but to take cuttings in the middle of summer, or to purchase plants from a garden centre.
Lithodora should preferably grow in a sunny (will be ok in a partially shaded) part of the garden, and has a preference for an acidic soil that is moist and well drained. They should be planted from 20 cm (small Lithodora species) to 45 cm (large Lithodora plant varieties) apart.
Once established, Lithodora are fairly easy to look after. They should be watered in hot weather and the soil kept moist. Once flowering has finished the plant should be trimmed. It is best to mulch the plant in the winter.
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