Botanical name: Achimenes
Origin: Central South America
Flower color: blue, peach, pink, red, orange, white, purple, yellow.
Flowering period: June-October
Average plant height: 12 inches
Planting depth to base of bulb: 1 inch
Spacing between bulbs: 6 in a 6-inch pot
Type of bulb: rhizome
Light requirements: 25-50% shade
Landscape uses: primary use in containers, or in borders.
Achimenes is an easy plant to grow. Nearly all the Achimenes offered are hybrids. These modern varieties produce masses of short trumpet-shaped flowers and shiny, velvety leaves.
Keep the plants reasonably warm and make sure the potting soil never dries out. Stop watering when flowering has finished. Achimenes stems are weak so it is an excellent choice for a hanging basket. This plant likes a spot with plenty of light, but direct sunlight should be avoided.
- 'Blue Sparks' - blue
- 'Harry Williams' - red
- 'Prima Donna' - pink
- 'Snow Princess' - white