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Don’t Divide These Perennials

By: Sherri Ribbey
Ready to divide plants? Check this list first. Not all plants tolerate this propagation process very well and may not survive.

Division is a great way to get more plants without having to pay for them. However, not every plant tolerates this propagation method very well. You can divide them if you absolutely have to. But generally if a plant has a tap root or brittle roots, it’s easier to propagate it by another method, such as by seed, cuttings or layering.

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Plants that don't like to be divided

Plant name Botanical name Best propogation method
Baby’s breath
Gypsophila paniculata
Seed or cuttings
Butterfly weed
Asclepias tuberosa
Seed
Candytuft
Iberis sempervirens
Seed or cuttings
Evening primrose
Oenothera macrocarpa
Seed
False indigo
Baptisia australis
Seed
Foxglove
Digitalis spp. and hybrids
Seed
Gas plant
Dictamnus albus purpureus
Seed
Lavender
Lavandula spp. and hybrids
Seed, layering or cuttings
Lavender cotton
Santolina chamaecyparissus
Seed or cuttings
Lupine
Lupinus spp. and hybrids
Cuttings
Mediterranean spurge
Euphorbia characias
Cuttings
Rosemary
Rosmarinus officinalis
Seed or cuttings
Russian sage
Perovskia atriplicifolia
Cuttings
Published: May 2, 2012
Updated: Aug. 12, 2020
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