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Hermannia Genus

Honeybells

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Hermannia genus (Honeybells). This genus consists of evergreen perennials, shrubs and subshrubs with tough fibrous stems. There are over 100 species, grown mainly for their flowers. The leaves are hairy, and in some species they are so dense that the leaf is grey and felty. The leaves do vary greatly in shape and size. The flowers are small and colourful, usually yellow, orange or red, and they are bell-shaped, borne singly or in small clusters in the leaf axis. Frost tender, min 7C. Prefers full light and fertile, well drained soil. Water potted plants freely when in full growth, moderately at other times. Young plants may need tip pruning to produce well-branched specimens. Propagate by softwood or greenwood cuttings in late spring or summer.

Characteristics

Perennials, Evergreens, Shrubs

Origin

Africa

Interest and use

Grown for their flowers mainly.

Cultivation

Young plants may need tip pruning to produce well-branched specimens.

Propagation

Softwood or greenwood cuttings in late spring or summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Prone to whitefly and red spider mites.

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