Guide to growing garden plants - Lithodora Indian paint
Lithodora are half hardy or hardy perennial subshrubs that range from 15 cm to 1.2 m in height.
They carry funnel shaped flowers of blue, white, yellow or purple. The time they flower depends on the species, usually in the summer; but some Lithodora varieties flower twice a year in spring and autumn.
Some common names for Lithodora include Indian Paint, Gromwell and Puccoon.
Lithodora picture by Paul Schultz.
Lithodora white star photograph by tracie7779.
How to grow Indian paint
It is not recommended to try to grow Indian Paint and other Lithodora species from seeds but to take cuttings Lithodora plants in the middle of summer or to purchase plants from a garden centre.
Lithodora can grow in either a sunny or partially shaded part of the garden and has a preference for poor soil that is moist. They should be planted from 20 cm (small Lithodora species) to 45 cm (large Lithodora varieties) apart.
Caring for Indian paint and other Lithodora plants
Once established Indian Paint (Lithodora) are fairly easy to look after. They should be watered in hot weather and the soil kept moist. Once the flowering has finished the plant should be trimmed; it is best to mulch the plant in the winter.