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
Exposure : 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.
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. You will therefore have to make sure to plant them in a very sunny area for them to thrive.
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, all you have to do is dig up the plant 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 resistant 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, bugloss, etc.
Some interesting species
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.
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.