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Incarvillea delavayi

Hardy gloxinia

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Pink

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

Incarvillea delavayi

Plant details

Incarvillea delavayi bears spectacular large, exotic-looking trumpet-shaped flowers. These are all the more remarkable as they appear slightly before the foliage, on straight stems poking up out of the soil. By the time the flowers are well open, the foliage has emerged to form a neat frill of ladder-like leaves beneath them, forming a good background. A variety of cultivars is available, including white-flowered variety 'Snowtop' (pictured).

Despite its exotic appearance, Incarvillea delavayi is perfectly hardy as long as it's grown in very well-drained soil – it's perfect for growing in a rock garden, container or sunny raised bed.

Family: Bignoniaceae

Genus: Incarvillea

Species: delavayi

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Dry

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 60cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to plant seeds: September to May

Time to divide plants: September to October


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granniemather

would like to find plants that the snails will not immediately eat. Thank you


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