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IOCHROMA australe

A conservatory or patio tub plant except in mild location. Attractive funnel or bell-shaped flowers which are blue or lavender. A startling plant alongside a fuchsia
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  • Evergreen - retains its foliage when grown indoors. Lance-shaped, dark green leaves to 8cm (3in) long
  • Blue
  • Height - 5m (16ft)
  • Spread - 5m (16ft)
  • Tall Shrub - free flowering erect to spreading shrub with downy stems and silvery grey bark. Produces flowers 2.5cm (1in) long on short spurs. Usually followed by spherical berries, turning yellow-green when ripe.
  • Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winter - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK except in severe winters and a risk from sudden (early) frosts. May be hardy elsewhere with wall shelter or good micro-climate. Likely to be damaged or killed in cold winters. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -5°C (23°F)
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Additional Features - Good to know - pinch young plants to encourage bushiness. May need restrictive pruning in late winter
  • Pests & Diseases - red spider mites, whiteflies
  • Place of origin - southern Bolivia to northwestern Argentina
  • Flower Shape - Tubular
  • Hardiness - Frost hardy (down to -5) -
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil
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Iochroma - Growing Guide
5m (16ft)
Tall Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
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