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Iochroma australe
  • RHS AGM

mini angel's trumpet

E. australis is a half-hardy shrub or small tree, evergreen if grown under glass, normally deciduous outdoors. The leaves are downy and the trumpet-shaped, hanging flowers are an unusual, dark lavender-blue

Synonyms
Iochroma australe
Dunalia australis
see moreAcnistus australis
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Size
Ultimate height
1.5–2.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
1.5–2.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Blue Green
Autumn Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H3
Botanical details
Family
Solanaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Semi evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Potentially harmful
Ingestion may cause severe discomfort. Wear gloves and wash hands after handling
Name status

Correct

Plant range
Bolivia to Argentina

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How to grow

Cultivation

May survive outdoors in mild areas in free-draining soil in a warm, sheltered position. Otherwise grow in an unheated greenhouse in loam-based potting compost in bright to moderate filtered light. Pinch young plants to encourage bushiness. Good in a patio pot taken in for winter

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown at 15°C in spring, or by softwood cuttings in late spring, or semi-ripe cuttings in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Patio and container plants
  • Sub-tropical
  • Mediterranean climate plants
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

Pruning group 9, or pruning group 12 as a wall shrub. Plants grown under glass may need restrictive pruning in late winter

Pests

May be affected by glasshouse red spider mite and glasshouse whitefly indoors

Diseases

Generally trouble free

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