Raoulia albosericea



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One of the alpine New Zealand Scabweeds and which we think is an accurate if unmarketable description. Reminds me of some of the nicknames my mom had for me growing up. I'm sure they were meant with the most loving intention as I'm equally sure the Kiwis mean the same referring to these wonderful Raoulias. This is a species we have seen growing in the fabulous rock garden at Denver Botanic and one we have long admired. What is not to like when confronted with a flat hard pancake of tiny leaves tightly adpressed to the ground and dotted in midsummer with a dusting of minute creamy flowers? With age or upon meeting rocks, this will hummock up and over making an undulate dome like some internal organ exposed or something previously of the oceans but now of the land. It's better than it sounds and a fine addition to the rock garden or trough.


Plant Type

  • Perennial / Bulb

Mature Size

1" x 24"

Hardiness Zones

  • Zone 7a (0 °F)
  • Zone 7b (5 °F)
  • Zone 8a (10 °F)
  • Zone 8b (15 °F)
  • Zone 9a (20 °F)
  • Zone 9b (25 °F)

Sun Exposure

  • Full Sun

Water Needs

  • Moderate

Bloom Time

  • Summer