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Alpine Liverbalm

Erinus alpinus

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Alpine Liverbalm (Erinus alpinus) at GardenWorks

Alpine Liverbalm flowers

Alpine Liverbalm flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Alpine Liverbalm (Erinus alpinus) at GardenWorks

Alpine Liverbalm in bloom

Alpine Liverbalm in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  2 inches

Flower Height:  4 inches

Spacing:  8 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  1b

Other Names:  Fairy Foxglove, Starflower

Description:

A very cute and easy alpine plant ideal for shady parts of the rock garden; it forms a low cushion of evergreen leaves bearing short stems of starry lilac-pink flowers; though short lived it will self seed when happy; perfect for gravel scree or troughs

Ornamental Features

Alpine Liverbalm has masses of beautiful lilac purple star-shaped flowers with pink overtones at the ends of the stems from late spring to early summer, which emerge from distinctive pink flower buds, and which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its small oval leaves remain green in colour throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Alpine Liverbalm is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Alpine Liverbalm is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Alpine Liverbalm will grow to be only 2 inches tall at maturity extending to 4 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 8 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate 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.

Alpine Liverbalm is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Garden  Groundcover  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Texture  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features


Disclaimer - This Plant Database is an online catalog representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact your favourite GardenWorks location directly for current availability. It does not include our entire inventory of plants, so be sure to visit GardenWorks to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.