Acaena buchananii

Acaena buchananii photographed at photographed at Wakehurst Place, Ardingly, Sussex, UK

Acaena buchananii is an evergreen perennial which forms patches up to 1.2 in (3 cm) high and 16 in (40 cm) across. Much divided grey-green leaves, 0.8–2 in (2–5 cm) long. Flowers in red spikes, partly hidden by the foliage, summer. Hardy in the UK.

Acaena buchananii is found in montane riverbeds and tussock-grassland, east of Southern Alps, South Island, New Zealand. Good for growing in paths, especially to cover up ugly pavement joint. The burrs may be a nuisance to pets and sheep. Variety picta has warm brown-grey foliage.

Hebes Y  NZ Plants A  NZ Plants B

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