New Zealand Burrs SEEDS, Ground covers
Acaena (Acaena Microphylla) - This low growing ground cover plant is some times referred to as New Zealand Burrs. Acaena seeds form easy-to-grow alpine plants with brilliant red blooms. This species forms a bronzy mat of lacy foliage, bearing interesting greenish flowers that mature into bright red burrs during the summer months. Acaena Microphylla is a good choice for between flagstones, as an edging or lawn substitute.
Many people like to use Acaena seed in rock gardens, but they will spread so be sure to keep an eye on this spreading ground cover plant. Acaena will be evergreen in mild winter regions. If leaves get damaged during a hard winter, you may want to clip it back as it will grow right back with fresh foliage. Easily divide Acaena Microphylla in early fall or spring. Acaena require moist, well-drained soil and a sunny or partially shaded site to get the most out of this ground cover plant.
Acaena seeds germinate best as a cold germinator which can be tough if planting directly outdoors. Best results are when the seed is kept at warm, humid conditions for 2 - 3 weeks followed by temperatures of of 35 - 39F for 4 - 6 weeks. If this is not possible, it is best to plant when frost season is nearly over. As the temperatures range from 41 - 55F the seed should germinate.
USDA Zones: 5 - 8
Height: 3 inches
Width: 12 - 24 inches
Bloom Season: Early to late summer
Bloom Color: Red
Growth Rate: Fast
Environment: Full sun to partial shade
Foot Traffic: Light
Temperature: 41 - 55F
Average Germ Time: 30 - 120 days
Light Required: Yes
Depth: Surface sow seed
Soil Type: Well drained soils, pH 5.8 - 6.8
Sowing Rate: 3 - 5 seeds per plant or or approximately 100 seeds cover 20 square feet
Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination