Monday, October 6, 2014

Eranthemum pulchellum

 Eranthemum pulchellum (Acanthaceae)
Another old fashioned shrub about to be relegated to the horticultural dustbin of history? Well probably.This hardy and naturally well shaped shrub originates from India and grows to about 1.5 metres. It is happy to grow in spots such as dry shade under trees or in average to poor soil in sun. It starts to flower in late winter and is reaching its peak right now. Unfortunately it does not present well in a pot for the nursery trade and ends up looking a bit straggly and a bit dull, such is my experience. The small batch I have grown may have to be cut back and potted on to a large size pot, one where the cool blue flowers will be its selling point. Eranthemum is hardy across a range of climates and will tolerate light frost. Pruning after flowering helps maintain a compact shape. It was once known as Daedalacanthus nervosus.
2017 update: will propagate on request only.

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