Plant type: perennial.
Description: This plant looks great in a rock garden and is also suitable for growing on top of a wall. It develops a rosette of narrow, grass-like leaves with short creeping stems that bear clusters of violet-blue flowers in early summer. They look very impressive, and they look like a bunch of grass surrounded by magnificent flowers. Adrianthus flower will also grow well in crevices. The perennial reaches a height of 10-15 cm, and grows in width by 25-30 cm.
- Origin: Southern Europe.
- Aroma: absent.
- Foliage: dark green.
- Care: easy.
- Temperature regime: edryanthus is hardy to low temperatures.
- Lighting: Adryanthus gramineous requires full sunlight.
Soil type: It is desirable to choose sandy soil or crushed gravel. The soil must be well drained. Alkaline or neutral soil works best. It should be noted that this plant prefers limestone soil.
Watering: The soil should be moderately moist to dry. You can use rainwater, but be careful as it may contain harmful acids.
Fertilizers: During the summer period, Adryanthus should be periodically fed using fertilizer for flowering plants, and the land should be irrigated every 10-15 days.
Flowering: This plant has bright blue or mauve flowers. Flowering period – early or mid-summer. The flowers are shaped like bells.
Reproduction: carried out by planting seeds. If you decide to reproduce edryanthus, then the seeds need to be covered with a thin layer of vermiculite. They usually germinate within 4-8 weeks. The distance between plants should be about 10 cm. Until the seeds germinate, the soil should be moist.
Pests and Diseases: During the summer months, you can treat plants against various pests. But you need to do this only if you notice the presence of harmful insects. Treatment should be carried out during the cool hours of the day. All this must be done in the summer, since mites and yellow-orange spots on the leaves and stems of plants in places where spores of parasitic fungi develop develop precisely in a hot climate.
Uses: Adrianthus is used as an ornamental plant in rock gardens or containers.
Edraianthus narrow-leaved – Edraianthus tenuifolius
It is an ornamental herbaceous plant that has narrow leaves with purple flowers. Like the previous species, it blooms in early summer (June-July). Grows best in partial shade or full sun.
Be sure to choose well-drained soil. It should be noted that compared to the foliage, the flowers of this plant are simply huge. A cluster of flowers appears on each ear, which reaches a width of 5 cm. When the perennial does not bloom, it is very easy to miss it, since it reaches only 10 cm in width and height. This species does not tolerate winter moisture well, so it is very important that the soil was well drained.
Adrianthus dwarf – Edraianthus pumilio
Care for this species is the same as for the two above. But this variety does not need much watering. Once you water the flower, leave the soil dry for a few days before watering again. This species has a fairly long period of plant dormancy, during this time watering is not required. In height, this species reaches about 15 cm, and it has a tendency to intensively spread in the garden. Adrianthus pygmy looks great in containers.