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PlantFiles: Balsam Bog, Cushion Plant
Bolax gummifera

Family: Apiaceae (ay-pee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Bolax (BOH-laks) (Info)
Species: gummifera (gum-MIF-er-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Azorella trifurcata
Synonym:Bolax glebaria

4 members have or want this plant for trade.

Alpines and Rock Gardens

under 6 in. (15 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Bloom Time:
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Grown for foliage

Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
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3 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive sladeofsky On Feb 16, 2015, sladeofsky from Louisville, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

Also called Plastic Plant, it is from the Falkland Islands.

Positive altagardener On Mar 1, 2008, altagardener from Calgary, AB (Zone 3b) wrote:

Hardy in zone 3, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Interesting rubbery feel to the foliage; insignificant yellow flowers; evergreen.

Positive Howard_C On May 30, 2004, Howard_C from St John's, NL wrote:

A slow-growing evergreen ground cover from the Falklands and adjacent tip of South America. Flowers are inconspicuous, tough leaves (don't walk on it in bare feet!) in small 2 cm diam rosettes, takes reasonably well from cuttings, grows in relatively poor, well drained soil. Forms thick, weed resisting, mats. Hardy in St John's, Newfoundland (Canadian Zone 5b).

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