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Achimenes longiflora

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Features

  • BloomsJuly to October
  • Height0.3m to 0.6m
  • Spread0.2m
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourPurple, white, deep red
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Achimenes longiflora. This is a bushy perennial. The leaves are hairy, saw-toothed, oval to lance-shaped and dark green. The flowers are usually blue-purple, with white throats and can be up to 7cms in width.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous, Shrub or Herbaceous

Origin

Mexico & Central America

Interest and use

The showy flowers.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Humus-rich
  • Soil pH6.0 to 8.0
  • WaterMoist

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

You should divide the rhizomes or take stem cuttings in the spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Watch out for thrips, red spider mites and Aphids.

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