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Plum Paradise!

Plum Iochroma

From the Andes mountains comes this rare Brugmansia relative with super gorgeous clusters of mini trumpet flowers.  The "Plum Paradise" Iochroma puts out endless numbers of these 2 inch blooms all year long!  Iochromas are one of my favorite flowers, and i'm happy to be sharing this rare color selection from Ecuador.

Purple Iochroma

It makes an attractive bush or small tree that grows to about 12 feet tall here in San Francisco.  Feel free to prune it down to any size you wish.  Even without blooms it's a handsome plant, with lively, bright-green foliage.  It is almost never without flowers!  Each cluster can have dozens of blooms, in tasty shades of bright pinkish-purple.  The blooms are larger and more robust than most Iochromas.  This is a real eye-catcher in the garden.  Hummingbirds like it too!

Purple Iochroma

It easy to grow and grows fast.  It does, however, prefer slightly cooler temperatures than most Brugmansias.  Hot days with warm nights might inhibit flowering.  Mature plants can survive a light frost, but it's best to protect it from freezing temperatures.  It likes a few hours of sun per day.  You can grow it in a pot in well-draining soil that is kept evenly moist.  Over about 40% humidity is best.  In a sunroom or greenhouse, it will provide much-needed winter color!

 

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