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Achimenes Genus

Cupid's bower

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilFertile, Humus-rich
  • Soil pH6.0 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist


Achimenes genus (Cupid's bower). The genus consists of about 25 species; they are all native to Central or South America. They are either grown indoors or as a hanging baskets. They are tropical herbaceous plants that will die back to small tubers in autumn and winter, or in the tropical dry season. The leaves are hairy and in opposite pairs. The flowers are brightly coloured, with stems which are soft and brittle.


Perennials, Deciduous, Shrubs or Herbaceous


Mexico, C. America.

The name Achimenes is derived from the Greek 'a' and 'cheimaino' - to suffer from cold. This is a reference to the tenderness of the genus.

Interest and use

The showy flowers.


They are frost tender, min 10C, and will prefer bright light but not direct sun, and well drained soil. Allow to dry out after flowering and store rhizomes in a frost free place over winter.


Division of rhizomes or by seed, if available, in spring or by stem cuttings in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Greenfly, thrips and red spider mite may be problems.

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