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Rhodochiton atrosanguineus AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Climber/Wall Shrub or Conservatory/Greenhouse

Habit

Climbing

Resilience

Hardiness

H2 (tender - cool or frost-free greenhouse)

Colour

Flower

Dark Pink and Dark Purple in Autumn and Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Fruit

Pink in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

1.5-2.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

1-2 years


Preferred common name

purple bell vine

Family

Plantaginaceae


Rhodochiton are deciduous perennial climbers with twining stems bearing simple, heart-shaped leaves, and solitary, pendent, tubular flowers with large calyces

R. atrosanguineus is an herbaceous climber to 3m in height, bearing heart-shaped leaves with twining leaf-stalks; pendulous tubular deep maroon flowers 4cm in length have large, bowl-shaped rose-red calyces

Other common names

  • purple bellerine
  • purple bells

Synonym(s)

  • Rhodochiton atrosanguineum
  • Rhodochiton volubilis

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow under glass in a loam-based compost in full light with protection from hot sun. During growth water freely and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser monthly but keep just moist in winter. Pot on in spring. Can be grown outdoors in fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil in a frost-free area. In frost prone areas can be grown outdoors as an annual

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Loam, Chalk or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown at 15-18° C when ripe or in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Wall-side Borders or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

Plants grown under glass may need restrictive pruning in late winter

Pests

May be attacked by glasshouse whitefly and glasshouse red spider mite

Diseases

Generally disease free