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Chrysoplenium macrophyllum

Giant Golden Saxifrage

Plant Type:

SHADE PERENNIALS

Chrysoplenium macrophyllum (ex: Jonathan Lehrer) – 6 available. Attractive rosettes with each leaf markedly scalloped emerge from the ground in spring looking like stylized gray-green roses infused with reddish purple. The leaves expand into relatively large tongues, Bergenia-like, and with which it is related. Spring flowers are bright white to white-infused green couched in green sepals (are they sepals? I don't know!) Whatever they may be it is an interesting somewhat “raggy” looking flower combination standing about 6 inches above the handsome leaves. Giant Golden Saxifrage then sends out stolons above the soil surface which root when they alight. This is a beauty that wants to colonize. Site in open shade planted in moisture retaining loam. Division.


Height:

6 in

Colors:

Green with White

Zone:

(6b sheltered)7 to 9
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Characteristics and Attributes for Chrysoplenium macrophyllum

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Light

  • Dappled Shade
  • Shade

Attributes

  • Border
  • Greenhouse / Alpine House
  • Rock Garden

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Soil

  • Humus Laden
  • Organic
  • Moist

Origins

  • China

Propagated By

  • Division

Genus Overview: Chrysanthemum

All of our mums are hardy in USDA zone 5. We strongly recommend spring planting in colder regions so that the plants will be well-established by the time cold weather arrives. Cut them back to a lower leaf axil by mid-July in the north, earlier farther south; doing so will result in better-branched plants on a more compact habit adorned with even more flowers at season’s end. But if you don’t, regardless, you’ll have multitudes of flowers on longer stems but possibly more decumbent plants. Plant all mums in full to part sun in fertile draining soil. Honeybees love them as this is one of the last flowering perennials to bloom in such abundance in the autumn in New England, along with some of the later asters. The heights given are flexible, determined by the conditions in which they are planted and if pruned. All of our cultivars are propagated by cuttings and are pot-grown.