Mountain Lover (Paxistima myrsinites)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 1 to 3 feet
Plant Spread: 2 to 3 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Other: small oval capsule
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Bi-Color: Red and Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Alpine Gardening
Uses: Provides winter interest
Erosion control
Resistances: Tolerates dry shade
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds: moist, cool several months
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil


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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Feb 11, 2019 8:25 PM

This small shrub is found growing in dry or mesic open sunny or partly shaded sites in the mountains of the western US from southern British Columbia & Alberta down through Arizona & New Mexico into northern Mexico. Meriwether Lewis collected the first specimen for science in 1806 in Idaho.

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Oregon boxwoods (Paxistima myrsinites) not doing well after planting by tinyplanet Jul 11, 2019 7:53 PM 4

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