Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Low
Once established, needs only occasional watering.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Compact shrub to 3 ft. tall and wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Long Bloom Season
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Spring through summer
Landscape Uses:
Landscape Uses
Plant type:Shrub
Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
Growth rate:Moderate
Average landscape size:Compact shrub to 3 ft. tall and wide.
Foliage color:Gray-green
Blooms:Spring through summer
Flower color:Purplish-pink
Garden styleTropical
Design IdeasSuperior shrub for foundation planting under windows or at entry and porch. Blooming plants are bright enough to provide a more long range focal point. Essential to the shrub border but also works well in the back of perennial borders for mass. Makes a good accent for softening corners and framing art and other focal points. Great choice for romantic cottage garden compositions and causal country gardens along picket fences or rails.
Companion PlantsUse this shrub with other quaint cottage garden favorites: Moonshadow Butterfly Bush, (Buddleika davidii 'Moonshadow'), Petite Pink Crape Myrtle, (Lagerstroemia indica 'Petite Pinkie') and Pink Pearl Bougainvillea, (Bougainvillea 'Abearl'). Group with high profile perennials: Midknight Blue Agapanthus, (Agapanthus x 'Monmid'), Evening Glow New Zealand Flax, (Phormium x ' Evening Glow'), Tropicanna Canna, (Canna indica 'Phaison').
Care Information
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.
Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Low
Once established, needs only occasional watering.
History:
This is a unique genus that falls into the milkwort family contains a whopping 600 species world wide. It was classified by Linnaeus in the 18th century, the name derived from the plant's copious milk-like white fluid. This plant was originally classified as the hybrid P. x dalmaiana, originating in South Africa. One of its parents is the European P. chamaebuxus grandiflora and it may also derive some of its reliance from the South African P. myrtifolia. This cultivar was introduced in 2005 by Monrovia Nursery Co.