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Pseuderanthemum Genus

Chocolate plant

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General Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Pseuderanthemum genus (Chocolate plant). This genus consists of 60 species of small evergreen perennials, subshrubs and shrubs, They are grown for their unusual foliage and spikes of white flowers which are spotted with red, pink and magenta. They are frost tender, min 16C and will require partial shade and fertile, well drained soil. You can propagate annually or biennially as a pot plant or by greenwood cuttings in spring or summer.

Characteristics

Perennials, Evergreens, Shrubs

Interest and use

Grown for their foliage.

Cultivation

They grow in well-drained, moist and composted soil in partial-shade. You can propagate from seeds or division. Tip prune young plants to promote a bushy habit. Cut leggy plants back hard in spring.

Propagation

Greenwood cuttings in spring or summer, annually or biennially as a pot plant.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Red spider mites and whitefly may be troublesome.

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