A picture of a Acanthophyllum

Acanthophyllum

Acanthophyllum spp.

Photo by Юрий Данилевский (Yuriy Danilevsky) (CC BY 4.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy

H7

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

10cm

Max

30cm

5cm

Min

20cm

5 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

More images of Acanthophyllum

A green Acanthophyllum plant with pink white flowers in a garden

Acanthophyllum Overview

Acanthophyllum is a genus containing around 73 shrubby perennial species in the Caryophyllaceae family. They produce small, spiky leaves as an adaptation to dry environments such as mountains or deserts. Flowering in late spring and early summer, many produce pink flushed small white flowers.

How to harvest Acanthophyllum

Generally not harvested

How to propagate Acanthophyllum

Cuttings

Take root cuttings in summer.

Special features of Acanthophyllum

Ground cover

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Acanthophyllum

This spreading plant suits being used as ground cover in rock and gravel gardens as well as in containers or the beds of informal cottage gardens.