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Achimenes grandiflora ‘Paul Arnold’

Achimenes

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Features

  • BloomsJune to September
  • Height0.3m to 0.4m
  • Spread0.2m
  • Growth HabitBroad bushy
  • Flower ColourPurple blue
  • Leaf ColourDark green purely

Description

Achimenes grandiflora ‘Paul Arnold’ (Achimenes). Compact, erect free flowering perennial with whorls of 3 or 4 ovate, toothed, dark green leaves, which have red-purple undersides. From summer to autumn, the plant bears large, solitary, funnel-shaped, purple flowers with white throats suffused with yellow and purple.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous, Rhizome, Shrub or Herbaceous

Origin

S. Mexico, C. America

Interest and use

Hanging basket, indoor plant.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • 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

Red spider mites.

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