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Strobilanthes atropurpureus

Mexican petunia

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Features

  • BloomsJune
  • Height1m to 1.5m
  • Spread0.7m to 1m
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourPurple blue
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Strobilanthes atropurpureus (Mexican petunia). This is an upright, branching perennial with ovate, dark green, toothed leaves. The blue flowers appear in sprays in early summer.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous or Evergreen, Shrub

Origin

Himalayas, N.India

Interest and use

Grown for their flowers.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • WaterDry

Cultivation

They are usually frost tender and prefer full sun to partial-shade with fertile, well-drained soil. You can propagate from seeds or cuttings.

Propagation

You can propagate by seed, basal stem cuttings or division in spring.

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