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Achimenes erecta

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Features

  • BloomsJune to October
  • Height0.2m to 0.45m
  • Spread0.2m
  • Growth HabitRosette
  • Flower ColourRed
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Achimenes erecta. This is a trailing plant which produces single, bright red flowers over dark green, hairy, heart-shaped foliage.

Synonymous with A. coccinea.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous, Shrub

Origin

Mexico, Panima

Interest and use

The showy flowers.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • 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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