Botanical Name: Ajania pacificum
Common Name: Ajania  
Plant photo of: Ajania pacificum
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Ground cover, Perennial


Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Light Green, Grey, White, Variegated


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half



Low, Medium


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH



Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Formal, Japanese, Mediterranean, Ranch, Woodland


Accenting Features

Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest

Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Shrub Border, Foundation


Special Uses

Filler, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
  • Description

  • Notes

This perennial, formerly in the chrysanthemum family, forms dense mounds of attractively colored leaves, and grows about 12 to 24 feet tall and 24 to 36 inches wide. It have classic mum-like leaves, except that they have a lovely silver margin, and the undersides are also silvery. Fall blooms are small and mum-like, with short pink petals and a yellow eye. Not very showy, so think of them as a bonus to the wonderful foliage. The plant spreads by rhizomes, though it is not aggressive. An attractive perennial groundcover.
Grow in well drained soils in full sun to part shade. Will tolerate poor soils as long as they are well drained. Wet soils will cause crown rot and may result in plant not over-wintering. Pinching back new growing tips a bit will result in a bushier plant. Mostly grown for its foliage. It will need tidying in late winter to remove spent foliage. Formerly listed as Chrysanthemum pacificum and Dendranthema pacificum, and sometimes commonly called Silver-and-Gold Mum.