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  • Cantua buxifolia | Copyright Greenplantswap 2020

Features

  • BloomsMarch
  • Height1m to 3m
  • Spread1m to 2m
  • Growth HabitSemi-trailing
  • Flower ColourPink-purple
  • Leaf ColourGrey green

Description

Cantua buxifolia (Sacred flower of the Incas). An upright-scandant, growing to a height of up to 3m; evergreen shrub native to Peru. It's fleshy leaves are grey-green, elliptic to lance-shaped. In late spring it bears purplish pink flowers.

Characteristics

Evergreen, Shrub

Other common names

Magic flower

Origin

Peru

Interest and use

Grown for their showy flowers in spring.

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  • Cantua buxifolia | Copyright Greenplantswap 2020

Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • WaterMoist

Propagation

Semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Red spider mites and whitefly could cause damage under glass.

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