Arthropodium candidum ‘Purpureum’
DWARF PURPLE ROCK LILY
This is a miniature, and very colourful version, of the tough old New Zealand Rock Lily. Or you may also know it as Renga Renga Lily.
Whatever you call it, Dwarf Purple Rock Lily can’t be beaten for toughness, and especially in difficult shaded and dry positions.
So Arthropodium candidum ‘Purpureum’ is a little treasure from across the ditch in New Zealand.
White stars above a carpet of purple
Sprays of white stars float above the foliage in spring and summer, on wiry 30cm. stems.
And they show so well against the dark purple-brown foliage, which forms a dense mat, hugging the ground.
Fine pink splashes highlight the foliage.
Making Arthropodium candidum ‘Purpureum’ a very attractive and different little Rock Lily indeed
Easy to grow ground-cover in shade
Dwarf Purple Rock Lily is very easy to grow in either full or partial shade. Though it will take more sun in cooler districts.
So it makes an ideal petite groundcover for a small garden, or pretty feature container in a shaded place.
Because it is hardy in frost, and poorer rocky soil, you never have trouble finding a spot for it.
Growing: Arthropodium candidum ‘Purpureum’
DWARF PURPLE ROCK LILY
– Height with flowers: A flock of white stars on wiry stems to 30cm. approx.
– Width: Forms a carpet of foliage to a diameter of 30cm – 40cm approx.
– Position: Partial shade, deep shade, and woodland conditions are its natural habitat, but it can tolerate more sun in cooler districts. It is certainly tolerant of dry periods once established in the shade. .
– Soil: Adapts to a wide range of soils, but especially enjoys less fertile, rocky or gravel soils. And it is not particularly fussy about soil pH, as it is able to adapt to either acid or alkaline (lime) soil types.
– Frost: Frost hardy, and will become deciduous and dormant in winter in very cold areas..
– Growth: Deciduous perennial and a very hardy ground-cover.
Easy care & loved by wildlife
– Beneficial to wildlife: Good source of pollen and nectar for bees over a long spring and summer blooming period .
– Care: Very low maintenance.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Not attractive to rabbits and deer.
– Origin: Hardy ground-cover from the South Island of New Zealand, where it is commonly found growing amongst rocks.