perennial

Golden London Pride

Saxifraga x urbium

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Golden London Pride (Saxifraga x urbium) at Millcreek Nursery Ltd

Golden London Pride foliage

Golden London Pride foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  8 inches

Flower Height:  12 inches

Spacing:  10 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Other Names:  Variegated London Pride

Description:

A low growing perennial evergreen plant producing low rosettes of beautiful variegated foliage, interesting tiny flowers mass above in spring; suitable for container growing or in low borders; Ideal as a stand out plant in a shady area

Ornamental Features

Golden London Pride has masses of beautiful spikes of white star-shaped flowers with pink eyes and hot pink spots rising above the foliage from late spring to early summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its attractive serrated oval leaves remain dark green in colour with showy yellow variegation throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Golden London Pride is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Golden London Pride is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Golden London Pride will grow to be about 8 inches tall at maturity extending to 12 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 10 inches apart. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Golden London Pride 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. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

This plant is not reliably hardy in our region, and certain restrictions may apply; contact the store for more information.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features