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AJANIA pacifica

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James H. Schutte

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

AJANIA pacifica

Plant Common Name

Creeping Pacific Chrysanthemum, Pacific Chrysanthemum

General Description

Pacific chrysanthemum is a low spreading perennial with attractive deep green silver-edged foliage. It is native to Japan where it exists along the Honshu Island coastline and slopes. It spreads via rhizomes and can become quite aggressive if grown in good soil and provided regular water.

In the late fall Pacific chrysanthemum becomes covered with attractive clusters of bright yellow button-like flowers. Once spent, these can be cut back to make best of the pretty evergreen to semi-evergreen foliage.

Plant Pacific chrysanthemum in full to partial sun and average soil with good drainage. It can be quite drought and salt tolerant once established and is best grown in rock gardens or as groundcover for sunny sites. Where seasons are short, it may never bloom. In subtropical areas it may bloom twice per year, once in early summer and again in early winter.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    A3, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    10"-12" / 25.4cm - 30.5cm (12)

  • Width

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m (4)

  • Bloom Time

    Early Fall, Fall, Late Fall

  • Native To

    Japan

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Mat-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Dark Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Winter) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes