perennial

London Pride

Saxifraga umbrosa

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London Pride (Saxifraga umbrosa) at Shelmerdine Garden Center

London Pride in bloom

London Pride in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

London Pride (Saxifraga umbrosa) at Shelmerdine Garden Center

London Pride flowers

London Pride flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  12 inches

Flower Height:  18 inches

Spacing:  18 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6b

Other Names:  St. Patrick's Cabbage, Whimsey, Pyrenean Saxifrage

Description:

A low growing perennial evergreen plant great for all year round color, suitable for container growing or in low borders; Ideal as a stand out plant in a shady area

Ornamental Features

London Pride has masses of beautiful spikes of white star-shaped flowers with pink eyes and red spots rising above the foliage from mid spring to early summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its attractive serrated oval leaves remain dark green in colour throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

London Pride is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with a mounded form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.

London Pride is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

London Pride will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity extending to 18 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.

London Pride is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

At Shelmerdine, we treat this plant as a "HOBBY PLANT" meaning that it is not recognized as winter-hardy in our Zone 3 climate. However, there is a possibility that it could survive winter. Regardless of whether it survives a winter or not, this plant is only warrantied until Nov. 1 of its season of purchase.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features

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Thursday & Friday 9am-6pm
Saturday 9am-5pm
Sunday 12pm-5pm

Shelmerdine Garden Centre Ltd.

7800 Roblin Boulevard
Headingley, MB R4H 1B6

Phone: 204.895.7203
Fax: 204.895.4372
Email: info@shelmerdine.com