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Chirita lavandulacea AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Annual/Biennial, Conservatory/Greenhouse or Houseplant

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H1c (heated greenhouse - warm temperate)

Colour

Flower

Blue in Autumn and Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

1-2 years


Preferred common name

lavender chirita

Family

Gesneriaceae


Chirita can be annuals or evergreen perennials, erect or prostrate in habit, with fleshy stems bearing hairy leaves and solitary or clustered, axillary flowers in summer and autumn

C. lavandulacea is an erect annual with hairy elliptic leaves to 20cm in length, and white-throated, tubular funnel-shaped, light violet-blue flowers 3cm across in summer and autumn

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Part shade

Aspect

  • East-facing or South-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained, humus-rich, gritty soil in partial shade

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Neutral, Acid or Alkaline
  • Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown under glass at a temperature of 19-24ÂșC in late winter to spring. Plant out when danger of frost is over

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Sub-tropical or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

Cut back after flowering

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

May be subject to stem rot in damp conditions