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Smithiantha Genus

Temple bells

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General Needs

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

Description

Smithiantha genus (Temple bells). This is a small genus of four bushy, rosette-forming, fleshy leafed rhizomatous perennials. The leaves are tooth-edged, deep green, sometimes mottled with red or purple and are round to heart-shaped with a dense covering of fine velvety hairs. The flowers are tubular to trumpet-shaped with flared lobes, about 12-35mm long and are bright pink, orange, red or white, with usually red-spotted yellow interiors. They are frost tender, min 15C and should be grown in humus-rich, well drained soil with bright light but out of direct sun light.

Characteristics

Perennials

Origin

Mexico

Interest and use

Grown for their flowers.

Cultivation

Grow in moist, humus-rich, well-drained soil in dappled sunlight. They will need a minimum winter temperature of about 60°F (15°C). If grown outside the tropics it should be treated as greenhouse or conservatory plants. You can propagate from seeds or cuttings or by dividing the rhizomes.

Propagation

Propagate from seed or cuttings or by divisions of rhizomes in early spring.

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