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Anaphalis: planting and care

Anaphalis in summary :

Latin name : Anaphalis sp.
Family : Asteraceae
Type : Perennial

Harbor : Tuft upright
Height : 15 to 70 cm depending on the species
Density of planting : 4 to 8 feet per m²

Ground : All types, well drained
: Sunny

The anaphalis are perennials with flowers reminiscent of those of the Italian immortal. Capable of pushing in poor soils and endure the drought, they are ideal plants for difficult gardens and novice gardeners.

Planting anaphalis

Even if they prefer the poor soils or sandy, anaphalis still adapt to land richer in humus. The only real requirement of these perennials is their need for Sun. It will therefore be necessary to ensure that they are planted in a very sunny area for them to flourish.

The planting does not require special preparations. You just have to dig a hole about 8 inches deep, put on the foot and fill the hole in firmly. Ideally, the operation should take place in autumn (October, November) to allow time for the perennial to settle.

Nevertheless, the drought resistance of the botanical genus Anaphalis allows a spring planting ; on condition, however, to monitor watering sometimes.

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Maintenance and multiplication of anaphalis

The interview does not take no time and is essentially limited to prune faded inflorescences.

For multiply a foot of anaphalis, the fastest (and easiest) is to to divide. To do this, simply dig up the plant by autumn, fragment the root ball and transplant the new plants. You can attempt a reproduction by sowing by collecting the seeds after flowering. However, the technique is more long and the result is not always guaranteed.

Diseases and pests:

Particularly vigorous, these perennials resistant to diseases. In addition, parasites and other pests do not seem interested in their foliage.

Employment and association

The hardy nature of anaphalis predisposes them to use in difficult situations such as rockeries. However, nothing prevents you from planting them in borders or in massive.

In terms of association, you can choose perennials whose foliage contrast with the silvery gray leaves of anaphalis. We can cite: ophiopogon, knotweed, buglossus, etc.

Some interesting species

Anaphalis margaritacea

Called "Virginia immortal", this variety is one of the higher (60 to 70 cm). His leaves light green to greyish are narrow and lanceolate. It flowers from July to September.

Anaphalis triplinervis

This variety has a more compact port and his leaves oval silver gray are more wide. Its summer flowers are ideal for bouquets or to dry.

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