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Acaena myriophylla

Acaena myriophylla
Acaena myriophylla

Synonym(s) Acaena hieronymi
Common name cadillo
Family rosaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers greenish (summer)
Size 6-10"
Light sun
Cultural notes well-drained soil, not too dry
Seed ripenslate July

Native to grasslands in Argentina, but I've found this species to be reasonably hardy – the majority of our seedlings got through at least one winter, and one survived two winters. It is a vigorous sprawler, sending its trailing stems out in any direction where it may gain some advantage. I had to wait till the third year to see the greenish soft-fuzzy flowers, which turn into burnished burrs shortly afterwards.

I just loved these as seedlings, when they looked all soft and frilly like miniature ferns.
Acaena myriophylla

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

Seed for this plant is included on my seed trade list

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from NARGS '08/'09 exchange, cold-stored through summer. Baggy 70F (61%G, 13-60d)
  2. Seed from '12 garden. Baggy 70F (40%G, 11-38d)
  3. Seed from '14 garden. Baggy 70F (12%G, 23-45d)

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