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Smithiantha zebrina

Temple Bells

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Features

  • BloomsJune to August
  • Height0.5m to 0.75m
  • Spread0.3m to 0.4m
  • Growth HabitRosette
  • Flower ColourDeep red, yellow
  • Leaf ColourDeep green

Description

Smithiantha zebrina (Temple Bells). This species is a rhizomatous perennial with heart-shaped, deep green marked brown leaves. The flowers are reddish-yellow and will bloom in early summer to late summer.

Characteristics

Perennial

Origin

Mexico

Interest and use

Grown for their flowers.

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Needs

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

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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