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Incarvillea delavayi

Hardy gloxinia

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Mauve

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Neil Holmes, copyright GAP Photos (28864)

Plant details

The hardy perennial has spectacular flowers: large exotic-looking mauve-pink trumpet-shaped blooms are similar to those of the gloxinia houseplant. 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. Despite its exotic appearance, this plant is perfectly hardy so long as it is grown in very well-drained soil - a rock garden or raised bed is the ideal spot.

Family: Bignoniaceae

Genus: Incarvillea

Species: delavayi

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Mauve

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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