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Aeschynanthus spendens

Showy basket plant

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Features

  • BloomsJune to September
  • Height0.6m
  • Spread0.6m
  • Growth HabitSemi-trailing
  • Flower ColourYellow-green, red, dark red
  • Leaf ColourMid green
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Aeschynanthus spendens (Showy basket plant). Also known as Aeschynanthus speciosus, this species is a robust shrub with ovate to lanceolate, mid green leaves. The flowers are in terminal yellow-green and red corymbs which are blotched with dark red.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Shrub

Origin

Himalayas, S. China, Malaysia, New Guinea

Interest and use

Grown for its habit and floral interest.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessTropical (min 17°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Humus-rich
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

Water sparingly in low temperatures. They are frost tender and they will need a fairly humid atmosphere and a position out of direct sunlight.

Propagation

Propagation is by tip cuttings in the spring or summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Aphids may infest young growth

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