Cushion Plant Growing Tips

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What are Cushion Plants

  • Surprise!  Cushion plants look like cushions although they may be firmer.
  • Cushion plants grow very slowly and  evenly. They grow rosettes of leaves all at once so that no one part of the plant is more exposed than others.
  • The flowers are small and often massed closely nestled in the leaves for protection.
  • The low growing, dense foliage of a cushion plant acts as a layer of insulation, protecting the roots and stems.

Saxifraga

Where to Find Cushion Plants

  • Cushion plants  grow in rapidly draining rocky or sandy soils
  • They grow in exposed and windy conditions such as alpine, arctic and arid areas.
  • A cushion plant  can thrive because it insulates itself  and has time to develop very deep  taproots .
  • Cushion plants in several families can be found all over the world.

Draba mollissima

Cushion Plant Facts

  • Flowers are so numerous so they can attract pollinators (that may be in short supply) from far and wide.
  • Plants are generally long lived. Some plants in the Arctic are over 300 years old.
  • Cushion Plants for the Rock Garden by Duncan Lowe is available from Amazon
  • The Androsacea Group specialise in these mainly cushion plant species

Saxifraga

Some other Cushion Plants


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