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Achimenes 'Pulcherrima'

A dwarf, bushy, rhizomatous, deciduous perennial to 40cm with toothed, dark green leaves. Delicate, tubular-shaped dark purple flowers with a white and yellow eye are produced from summer to autumn

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
1 year
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Purple Green
Autumn Purple Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H1C
Botanical details
Family
Gesneriaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Achimenes are rhizomatous herbaceous perennials with scaly rhizomes producing trailing stems bearing simple, opposite or whorled leaves and salver-shaped showy flowers in the leaf axils in summer and autumn

Name status

Unresolved

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow under glass in either multi-purpose compost or John Innes No 2 loam-based compost in bright, filtered light. To bring rhizomes into growth in spring, temperatures of 16-18°C (61-64°F) are ideal. Water sparingly until summer when plants should be watered freely. Apply a balanced liquid fertiliser at quarter strength at each watering

Propagation

Propagate by dividing rhizomes or taking stem cuttings in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Houseplants
  • Sub-tropical
  • Conservatory and greenhouse
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be susceptible to aphids, glasshouse red spider mite and thrips

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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