Moroccan Pincushion Flower

Pterocephalus depressus

Plant Details:

Plant Type: Perennial
Plant Family: Caprifoliaceae
Plant Description: A remarkably tough and beautiful groundcover of gray-green crinkled leaves. It can tolerate light foot traffic. This textured mat offers something stunning all four seasons. Large mauve-pink flowers adorn the tiny, lacy evergreen foliage from late spring through the summer. Flowers transition to silvery seed heads in the fall and the foliage can be enjoyed year-round.


Maintenance Type: Perennial - Evergreen
Plant Care: Perennial - Evergreen (soft-stemmed plants that keep their leaves and color during winter): Remove spent blooms to promote rebloom later. To avoid winter stress, wait until spring to identify what portions of the plant are still alive and then remove the rest.

Plant Attributes:

Mature Size: 2-4" tall x 10-15" wide
Utah Native: No
Plant Select: Yes
Pollinator Friendly: Yes
Localscapes: Infill Plant, Park Strip Plant
Foliage Interest: No
Foliage Colors: Gray-green
Bloom Colors: Pink, Mauve
Bloom Seasons: Summer
Bloom Period: Jun - Aug

Growing Conditions:

Hardiness Zone: 5 to 9
Light Requirement: Full Sun (6+ hrs sun)
Irrigation Requirement:     Very Low (Water to Establish)
Salt Tolerant: Unknown
Deer Resistant: Yes

Garden Location:

  • Neighborhood Landscapes
    • A Desert with Altitude
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter