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Achimenes antirrhina

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Features

  • BloomsJuly to October
  • Height0.2m to 0.3m
  • Spread0.15m to 0.4m
  • Growth HabitBushy oval
  • Flower ColourCream, yellow
  • Leaf ColourDark green red

Description

Achimenes antirrhina. This species is an upright perennial with paired leaves that are toothed, dark green and are about 10cm long. The flowers are single cream or yellow blooms which are borne from the summer to the autumn.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous, Shrub or Herbaceous

Origin

Mexico, Guatemala

Interest and use

The showy flowers.

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Needs

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

Cultivation

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.

Propagation

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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