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Achimenes pulchella

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Features

  • BloomsJuly to October
  • Height0.25m
  • Growth HabitSemi-trailing
  • Flower ColourRed
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Achimenes pulchella. This species is a long-stemmed perennial. The leaves are produced in whorls of dark green ovate to elliptical leaves. The flowers are single bright red and will bloom from the summer to the autumn.

Synonymous with A. erecta

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous, Shrub or Herbaceous

Origin

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.

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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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