Lithodora

Lithodora

Lithodora is a choice groundcover or rock garden plant. This perennial forms a low, creeping mat of hairy grey-green leaves, studded with royal-blue star flowers from late spring through summer. Plants MUST have a well-drained, acidic soil in order to thrive. Heavy clay soils are sure death. Combines well with Heaths and Heathers, since plants have similar requirements. Evergreen where hardy. Prune lightly in late summer by trimming the new tip shoots back by about half, to encourage a dense habit. Plants are shrubby, so hard pruning is not recommended.

In my Sunnyvale garden (Zone 9) I am trying Lithodora in a hanging basket in the shade of my cherry tree.

First Planted

Feb 2016

Garden Nursery

Home Depot, Sunnyvale

Sun Exposure 
Full Sun or
Partial Shade

Soil Type 
Normal or
Sandy

Soil pH 
Neutral or
Acid

Soil MoistureCare Level 
Moderate

Flower Colour 
Deep Blue

Blooming Time 
Early Summer 
Mid Summer 
Late Summer 
Late Spring

Foliage Color 
Grey Green

Plant Uses & Characteristics 
Accent: Good Texture/Form 
Alpine & Rock 
Border 
Containers 
Deer Resistant 
Edging 
Evergreen 
Ground Cover

Flower Head Size 
Very Small

Height 
10-15 cm 
4-6 inches

Spread 
30-45 cm 
12-18 inches

Foot Traffic
Light 

Growth Rate
Medium