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Bertolonia marmorata

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Features

  • Height0.05m to 0.1m
  • Spread0.1m to 0.2m
  • Growth HabitMound
  • Flower ColourPurple
  • Leaf ColourBright green

Description

Bertolonia marmorata. This is a neat, clump-forming species and is notable for its beautiful foliage. The leaves are very broad and around 8cm long and, although thin, they are quite fleshy with a puckered, velvety surface; they are bright green streaked white above, with purple undersides. The flowers are purple.

Characteristics

Perennial

Origin

South America

Interest and use

Grown for their foliage mainly.

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Needs

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

Cultivation

Under glass, grow in loamless potting compost with added grit, in bright filtered light. In growth, water freely and maintain high humidity, but keep foliage dry. Keep moist in winter. Outdoors, grow in humus-rich soil in partial shade.

Propagation

Tip or leaf cuttings in spring or summer or by seed.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Trouble free.

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