The plant forms a dense, rhizomatous root system which gives rise to a lovely carpet of purple-brown scalloped leaves. It has a creeping habit, and in some cases, may need to be kept in check by removing unwanted incursions into surrounding areas. It has not been aggressively invasive in my experience. One of the key features of this species of Acaena is that it doesn’t have the spines that are characteristic of other species of the
Mike Hicks, the head grower at Little Prince of Oregon Nursery recommends growing A.
“It’s a great plant when quick coverage and a bright color is needed. It will tolerate some light to moderate foot traffic, and it adds great texture and color to the landscape.”
Sean Hogan of Cistus Design Nursery has used A.
Why grow Acaena
- It forms a dense groundcover
- Provides excellent weed suppression
- Attractive purple color
- Drought tolerant
- Can be used in large containers
Usefulplant for living walls
- Easy to grow in 4-inch pots or gallons
- Evergreen in Zones 7-9
- Deer resistant
- Great for alpine and rock gardens