Plants of the genus lithodora are widespread throughout Europe and in the Mediterranean area; these are small evergreen shrubs, generally no more than 35-45 cm; the most widespread species is the rosmarinifolia, together with the widespread, which contain the typical characters of the species: the foliage is linear, slightly leathery, dark green, the flowers are tubular, with the edge divided into five lobes, which make it appear almost a star flower; the color of the species is generally white or blue, even if the varieties present in the nursery are almost always blue, of the typical color of the family to which the lithodora belongs, namely the boraginaceae; therefore they have the typical color of borage, an intense blue and very particular; small plants of Lithodora they are used as ground cover, and starting in late spring they are covered with small sky-blue trumpets.
Plant practically perennial, ideal for positions in full sun, the litodora It is an exceptional species for flower beds and planters exposed in full sun, a perfect solution for all those balconies that in summer remain exposed to the rays all day.
How to grow it
These plants are not particularly demanding, as long as they find a good soil that is very well drained, in fact they fear water stagnation, and they tolerate drought without problems, not excessively prolonged. The plants of litodora therefore they find a place in the garden, in a sandy soil, not necessarily rich; to obtain always lush shrubs it is however good to spread around them a slow release granular fertilizer, every 2-3 months, in order to keep the quantity of mineral salts in the soil constant, without exceeding the doses.
We place the lithodore in a very sunny place; they can bear the half shade but the less direct sun they receive and the less they bloom, it is therefore good to remember to avoid the complete shadow.
The young litodora plants give rise to small, very dense and branching shrubs, which are covered with flowers; over the years, however, the plants become more and more scattered and elongated, losing some of their beauty; to keep them always compact it is advisable to shorten the shrubs by about half, in autumn, before the cold arrives; in this way we will renew the plants every year, always getting a nice spot of color.
They are evergreen plants, but it can happen that during particularly cold winters they lose part of the foliage, without this compromising the state of health of the plants.
Litodora - Lithodora: Blue flowers
The blue color in the flowers is not so widespread, so the color of their flowers makes the plants' lithodes very popular; if we want to create a patch of blue flowers we can grow our lithodes near the chinonodoxe and the hepatic cells, which produce small flowers of a blue similar to that of the lithodora, but in advance, then at the end of winter. During the summer the Lithodora It is accompanied by plumbago and bindweed, which produce flowers of similar color and shape. We often find the litodora flanked by small agaheta bushes to create movement in the flowerbed always in shades of blue blue. Towards the end of the summer our litodora will stop flowering, to prepare for winter; let's place it next to some ceratostigma specimens, which will begin to bloom with the heat, to continue until late autumn.