Habitat: wet crevices and banks
Soil: wet but not waterlogged
Height: 15 cm
Flowering: early summer
Width: 20 cm
The species usually seen, Chiastophyllum oppositifolium (quite a mouthful) is a lovely plant with fleshy, bright green leaves and producing stems with lots of small yellow flowers, each stem giving a graceful, curving appearance. With us it has performed best in rock crevices in a very wet area of the garden, but has also grown in dry, well drained places. It is also known as Umbilicus oppositifolius, and comes from the Caucasus.
|Chiastophyllum oppositifolium 'Jim's Pride' is a superb cultivar with wonderfully marked variegated foliage in shades of cream and green.|