Pterocephalus depressus

Carpeting Pincushion Flower

Pterocephalus depressus, Pink Carpeting Pincushion Flower View Larger Image

Carpeting Pincushion flower is a fantastic groundcover new to cultivation. It blooms beginning in late spring with huge mauve-pink flowers that sit right ontop of the plant's crinkled evergreen foliage. Closely related to Scabiosa (Pincushion Flower). Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Zones 5 - 9
Advantages
Groundcover
Evergreen
Evergreen
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40"
Bloom Time Late spring to late summer
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SKU HBL5BXX

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2" tall x 15-18" wide. A distinctive looking groundcover, Pterocephalus is a marvelous species closely related to Scabiosa (Pincushion Flower). It grows as a mat of attractive gray-green crinkled leaves and blooms from late spring through summer with large mauve-pink flowers followed by furry, silvery-pink seed heads. The dense, evergreen foliage tolerates light foot traffic and is a wonderful choice as crack filler in flagstone and pavers. Native to the mountains of Morocco. Introduced to the trade by Laporte Ave. Nursery. Low fertility, well-drained soil.
Associated SKUs
HBL5BXX
71003 (Plant - 2.5" deep pot)
71003F (Flat of 32 - 2.5" deep pots)
Common Name Carpeting Pincushion Flower
Botanical Name Pterocephalus depressus
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Pink
Mature Height 2" tall
Mature Spread 15-18" wide
Bloom Time Late spring to late summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Evergreen Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Average Soil, Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40"
Advantages Groundcover, Evergreen
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US, Suitable Above 7000 ft
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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High Country GardensPterocephalus depressus
 
3.6

(based on 5 reviews)

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80%

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Pros

  • Attractive (4)
  • Hardy (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (4)
  • Outdoors (3)
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1.0

Did Not Grow

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from Austin TX

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Comments about High Country Gardens Pterocephalus depressus:

Did not grow

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5.0

Pterocephalus

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from Del Norte, CO

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Pros

  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy

Cons

  • Small In Size

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Comments about High Country Gardens Pterocephalus depressus:

I planted as a ground cover in front of a garden bed. It did little growing or anything the first year, but has grown well the last two. It bloomed the first time this year.

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4.0

Looking forward to watching this ground cover spread

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from Centennial, CO

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Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive

Cons

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Pterocephalus depressus:

    Using this in the front of a fragrant bed (lowest height plant) of lavender and roses. Hope it is true to its' name....looking for a "carpet" covering, and it is already coming in nicely after planting it just last year.

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    4.0

    reliably green in my amarillo, tx winter

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    from Amarillo, TX

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    Pros

    • Attractive
    • Hardy
    • Healthy

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      Comments about High Country Gardens Pterocephalus depressus:

      Has stayed green throughout the winter (at least 2 years, so far), and last winter we plunged from 70s to below freezing for more than 24 hours--that was our first freeze of the year.

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      4.0

      Tolerates heat, humidity, and winter wet

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      from Louisville, KY

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      Pros

      • Attractive
      • Attractive foliage
      • Hardy
      • Low Growing

      Cons

      • Dull Colored Flowers

      Best Uses

      • Garden
      • Ground-cover
      • Outdoors
      • Patio

      Comments about High Country Gardens Pterocephalus depressus:

      I have tried several alpine plants on slopes here in Kentucky without much alteration to our clay soil. This one is a winner, taking full baking sun in Summer and clay that stays moist in Winter. If it can withstand those conditions, I imagine it will thrive in most locations. It also appears to be rather winter hardy as it sailed through an abnormally cold Winter last year. It would be a good candidate for trough gardens, lining paths, rock gardens, or as a ground-cover for full sun. It can be separated to form new plants within a season or two. I made one mistake with it by planting an aggressive taller plant nearby that smothered much of my original plant. It does not tolerate deep shade well. This is the first of the genus that I've grown. Based on my success with this plant, I'm curious to try other species.

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      USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

      To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

      • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
      • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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