Mat Forming with Dense Clusters, Part or Filtered Sun
Rosularia (ros-uh-LAIR-ee-uh) are mat-forming, cold hardy succulents that are difficult to find in most collections. They have the classic rosette shape and low maintenance needs of Sempervivum (Hens & Chicks) but are unique in their ability to bloom repeatedly. Like their close relatives Sedum (Stonecrop), Rosularia make a colorful and easy to grow ground cover, even with poor soil and infrequent watering. APPEARANCE
Form: Rosularia rosettes stay 3”-4” tall and spread as a dense mat by sending out new offsets on stolons. Foliage: Their fleshy leaves are a soft green lined with dusty rose, yellow, or purple. These colors flush brightest with some sun and heat stress Flowers: In late spring and summer, bloom stalks erupt from the mat of rosettes, unfurling tiny yellow and white star-shaped flowers.
Light: Rosularia can grow indoors near a bright window, but in most regions, they really shine outdoors with full sun. At temperatures above 85F, however, partial sun to bright shade is preferable. These varieties can tolerate full sun or high temperatures, but not both at the same time. More info. Soil: Whether in the ground or a container, Rosularia need a well-draining, sandy soil like cactus/succulent potting mix. If you choose to fertilize, use a slow-release, low Nitrogen (5-10-10) fertilizer and apply it in the spring. Water: Rosularia have low-water needs and will rot if over-watered. Water deeply but infrequently, giving enough time for the soil to dry completely. In winter, the shorter, colder days signal themto slow their growth, during which time they need even less water. If planting in a container, it’s best to use one with a drainage hole. More info. Hardiness: Most species of Rosularia are cold hardy down to -20F (zone 5) and will survive deep winter freezes protected under a blanket of snow. More info. Propagation: You can cut the offsets from their stolons to transplant. Rosularia can also be regrown from leaf cuttings or left alone entirely to self-propagate.
NOTES FROM THE NURSERY
Rosularia are an excellent choice for rock gardens, ground cover, miniature/fairy gardens, and indoor or outdoor containers. Try tucking them into the crevices of a stone retaining wall and prepare to be amazed.
The most common problem for Rosularia is over-watering. Under-watered rosettes will easily revive, but it is more difficult to save one that has begun to rot. For mature, established plants, err on the side of less frequent watering to allow the soil to fully dry.