• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Pachystachys lutea

lollipop plant

AGM plants

AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

  • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
  • Available to buy
  • Of good constitution
  • Essentially stable in form & colour
  • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases
lollipop plant

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  • Other common names lollipop plant

  • Synonyms Beloperone 'Super Goldy'

  • Family Acanthaceae

  • Genus Pachystachys can be perennials or shrubs, with simple, evergreen leaves and 2-lipped tubular flowers in erect terminal spikes, with large, often colourful bracts

  • Details P. lutea is an evergreen shrub to 1m in height, with dark green, lance-shaped leaves and dense spikes of white 2-lipped flowers protruding from showy bright yellow bracts

  • Plant range Peru

Characteristics

  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Bushy

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H1B

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Clay

    Clay

  • Sand

    Sand

  • Loam

    Loam

  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilChalk, Clay, Sand, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height 0.5-1 metres

  • Ultimate spread 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 5-10 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow outdoors in moist but well-drained soil in a sheltered, frost-free area. Grow under glass in loam-based compost in full light with high humidity

Propagation Propagate by softwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types Sub-tropical Patio & Container Plants

How to care

Pruning No pruning required

Pests May be attacked by glasshouse whitefly and glasshouse red spider mite under glass

Diseases Generally disease free

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