Pinnate cushion is an enchanting ground cover with a delicate honey fragrance.
Pinnate cushion is also known as pinnate fern. The botanical name of the perennial is Cotula squalida or Leptinella squalida. It is a flat-growing, carpet-like perennial. Cotula squalida belongs to the composite family and is wintergreen. The plant grows very low and mat-forming. The ground cover grows only five centimetres high. The rock garden perennial originates from New Zealand. There the plant grows in short grass meadows close to the coast, on the banks of mountain rivers or on damp rocky slopes. The perennial plant can be used in many ways in the garden. It is particularly practical and decorative as a decorative lawn substitute for areas such as intermediate spaces in the rock garden. It also looks beautiful between stone joints or as a green substrate for spring flowers such as crocus and wild tulip.
Petiolate leaves and pistillate flowers
Pinnatifolia has brown-green leaves. The fine leaves are pinnate and evergreen. The name of the plant refers to its fern-like appearance. In June and July small inconspicuous yellow flowers appear on the tender shoots. They smell deliciously of honey. The flowers form small plugs and are also fragrant. When the flowers have faded, they develop into small capsules. Cotula squalida forms a dense green-brown carpet over time. The shoots lie flat on the ground and look like grass. They are absolutely tread-resistant and therefore very practical for small gardens or rockery areas.
A lawn substitute for not too dry and well-drained Böden
The decorative herbaceous perennial is tread-resistant and uncomplicated as a lawn substitute. Even in winter, the filigree plant provides beautiful splashes of colour in the garden or in planters. The wintergreen plant is also well suited for grave planting. The ideal location for pinna pads is sunny to semi-shady. The soil should be fresh and well drained. If these conditions are met, the cushion plant can spread out undisturbed like a soft carpet. If you buy pinnate cushion, you can plant it all year round. For a larger area, there are between five and 15 specimens per square metre. Then each of them has enough space. The plant is very easy to care for, robust and enjoyable. It is a great substitute for lawn and hardy. Even temperatures of -28°C do not bother the fern pinna. However, it is advisable to cover the plant with branches when it is bare, so that the leaves do not turn brown completely from the sunlight. If you buy this plant, you can combine it with ornamental greens, thyme or small bulbous plants. The plant is extremely easy to care for