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.
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