July through September
6 to 8 in.
12 to 18 in.
sun, part shade
USDA zones 4-8
hardy to 8,000 ft.
Himalayan border jewel is a groundcover plant grown for its easy-care nature and red fall color. During the summer, the leaves are medium green with red tips and margins. The semi-evergreen plant is spreads through underground stems with a slight tendency to mound.
In late summer, clusters of very tiny, pink flowers bloom over a long period on a slender raised stalk. The leaves turn a spectacular red that persists into early winter.
Himalayan border jewel has been growing at the Xeriscape Demonstration Garden for many years. Although it is moderately attractive throughout the growing season, fall is the best time for this plant because of the bright red color of the leaves.
It will slowly spread throughout an area through underground stems, forming a large colony over time. The more water it gets, the more quickly it will spread.
Clip off stalks of spent flower clusters, if desired.