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Acaena inermis 'Purpurea,' also known as Purple Bidibidi or Purple Hakea, is a low-growing perennial plant with attractive purple foliage. 
 

Description:

 

  • Size: Acaena inermis 'Purpurea' is a small, spreading plant that typically reaches a height of 10-20 centimeters and can spread to about 60-90 centimeters .
  • Leaves: The leaves of 'Purpurea' are small, pinnate, and deeply lobed. They have a distinctive purple or reddish-purple color, which is the main ornamental feature of the plant.
  • Flowers: In late spring and early summer, the plant produces small, inconspicuous flowers in clusters. The flowers are usually greenish or cream in color and are not particularly showy.
  • Fruits: After flowering, 'Purpurea' may produce small, burr-like fruits that are green or brown. 
     

Growing Conditions:

 

  • Climate: Acaena inermis 'Purpurea' is well-adapted to temperate climates and is commonly found in coastal regions of New Zealand. It can tolerate mild frosts and is relatively hardy.
  • Sunlight: Purple Bidibidi thrives in full sun to partial shade. It prefers a location with bright, indirect light, but it can tolerate some shade.
  • Soil: The plant prefers well-draining soils that are fertile and rich in organic matter. It can grow in various soil types, including sandy, loamy, and clay soils.
  • Watering: Acaena inermis 'Purpurea' has moderate water needs. It prefers regular watering to keep the soil evenly moist, especially during its establishment period. Once established, it becomes somewhat drought-tolerant.
  • Maintenance: This plant is generally low-maintenance. It requires little to no pruning, although occasional trimming can be done to control its spread or remove any old or dead foliage.

 

Acaena inermis 'Purpurea' is often used as a ground cover, border plant, or in rock gardens. Its attractive purple foliage adds color and interest to the landscape, and it can be used as a contrast against other green foliage plants. Additionally, the burr-like fruits can provide visual interest and texture to the plantings. It is a relatively hardy and versatile plant, making it a popular choice for ornamental and landscape use.

Acaena inermis purpurea

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