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Gloxinia perennis

Canterbury bells

A bushy, tender, rhizomatous perennial to 1.2m, bearing glossy, toothed leaves to 20cm long, suffused red below. From early summer to mid-autumn it produces purple-blue, bell-shaped flowers with violet bases

Size
Ultimate height
1–1.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
1–1.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Purple Blue Green
Autumn Purple Blue Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H1B
Botanical details
Family
Gesneriaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Name status

Correct

Plant range
Panama to Peru

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How to grow

Cultivation

Under glass grow in a humus-rich potting compost in bright indirect light with high humidity. When in growth water freely and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser every 2 or 3 weeks.

Propagation

Propagate by sowing seed at 19-24°C in spring, or by division in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Patio and container plants
  • Sub-tropical
  • Conservatory and greenhouse
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be susceptible to vine weevil, tarsonemid mite and western flower thrips

Diseases

May be susceptible to powdery mildews

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