About this cultivar:
Patrinia triloba, is not to be confused with Patrinia scabiosifolia; they are almost a different genus! (I'll put a bet on DNA testing showing this in the next few years, but the bookmakers don't seem to offer any odds on this one). This plant a carpet-forming herbaceous perennial native to Japan, often regarded as an alpine. It forms a mat of maple-like green leaves. In late summer clusters of small bright yellow flowers appear on short stems above the foliage, providing a splash of late colour in shady areas. I love this plant, and have sneaked it in many places around our garden past my fathers nose. No-one ever buys it though. People, eh?
- Position: Full sun, partial shade
- Soil: Almost any soil, grows well in Ballyrobert
- Flowers: August, September, October
- Other features: -
- Hardiness: Fully hardy, grows well in Ballyrobert
- Habit: Clump forming
- Foliage: Deciduous
- Height: 15 - 25 cm (0.5 - 0.8 ft)
- Spread: 15 - 25 cm (0.5 - 0.8 ft)
- Time to full growth: 2 to 5 years
- Plant type: Herbaceous Perennial
- Colour: Green, yellow
- Goes well with: --
About this genus:
Patrinia (pat-rin-e-a) is a genus of about 20 species of perennial wildflowers that are native from Siberia, through China and into Japan. It is named after the French botanist Eugène Louis Melchior Patrin (1742-1815).
Patrinia will tolerate a wide range of soil types and will grow in full sun to part shade. Just keep it away from extremes!
The main use of Patrinia in the garden is as a filler in a mixed border where its loose clusters of many yellow or white flowers provide a nice accent over a very long period of time in the summer. It is great for cottage or meadow gardens because it has a very informal look. In addition, Patrinia make great cut flower plant because the stems last a long time in a vase.