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Saxifraga stolonifera (Strawberry Begonia)

Strawberry Begonia, Creeping Saxifrage, Strawberry Saxifrage, Mother of Thousands, Wandering Jew, Aaron's Beard


Award-winning Saxifraga stolonifera (Strawberry Begonia) is a mat-forming evergreen perennial producing charming rosettes of rounded, dark green leaves adorned with pretty silver markings and reddish undersides. In late spring to early summer, a profusion of white-flushed pink flowers, borne in airy panicles, rise on 18 in. (45 cm) stems above the foliage and create a ravishing display. Strawberry Begonia can colonize an area with long, slender red stolons, similar to strawberries. It is useful as a shade-tolerant ground cover, quickly making large colonies after a few years. Perfect for the woodland garden, it is also a lovely addition to the rock garden or to hanging baskets on the patio and deck.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Grows up to 6-18 in. tall (15-20 cm) and 12-24 in. wide (30-60 cm).
  • Best in part shade to full shade in humus-rich, well-drained soils. Root rot may occur in poorly drained soils. Can be grown indoors and should be sited in bright indirect light.
  • Great choice for beds and borders, rock gardens, or containers.
  • Virtually disease free. Keep an eye out for slugs, aphids and glasshouse red spider mite.
  • Propagate by seed or detach individual rosettes.
  • Native to China, Japan, South Korea

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 9
Heat Zones 5 – 9
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Saxifraga - Saxifrages
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 6" – 2' (15cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" – 24" (30cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 9
Heat Zones 5 – 9
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Saxifraga - Saxifrages
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 6" – 2' (15cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" – 24" (30cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Prairie and Meadow

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