Azalea 'Phoenicia' (Southern Indica)Item #0630 USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 - 9
Brilliant single lavender blooms are displayed against excellent dark green foliage. A mid-season bloomer. This beautiful upright shrub is useful as a screen, hedge or showy landscape accent. Makes an ideal container plant. Evergreen.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:az-ZAY-lee-uh HIB-ridDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:RoundGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:SpringFlower color:PurpleFlower attributesShowy FlowersDesign IdeasAdd this six- to eight-foot-tall Azalea to your garden for a burst of lavender on a dark evergreen background. Try planting on either side of a vine-covered arbor to further define the archway.Companion PlantsGardenia (Gardenia); Astilbe (Astilbe); Hydrangea (Hydrangea); Daphne (Daphne); Tree Fern (Dicksonia); Fatsia (Fatsia)
- CareCare InformationProvide well-drained, acidic soil rich in organic matter. Shelter from harsh afternoon sun in extremely hot, arid climates. Water deeply, following a regular schedule, during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Feed with an acid fertilizer after bloom. Keep roots cool with a thick layer of mulch.Pruning time: spring after flowering.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly, when the top 3 in. of soil becomes dry.
- History & LoreLore:The Indica hybrids are evergreen azaleas best-suited for mild climates. Within the Indica group are Belgian Indica hybrids and Southern Indica hybrids. The Southern Indica hybrids are sometimes referred to as "sun azaleas", meaning they are more tolerant of sun than other azaleas. In extremely hot, arid climates, Southern Indica azaleas appreciate some shelter from prolonged harsh afternoon sun. Morning sun with dappled afternoon shade, or all-day dappled sun is appropriate.