Grow Your Garden with the Beautiful and Long-lasting Floss Flower (Ageratum houstonianum)
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- Common name:
- Floss Flower
- Bromeliads, Indoor Plants, Flowering Pot Plants
- Bromeliaceae or Ananas family
- Sun growing, Semi shade, Shade growing
- Requires more
- Primarily grown for:
- Flowers, Foliage
- Flowering season:
- Flowers in flushes throughout the year
- Flower or Inflorescence color:
- Foliage color:
- Variegated, Blue Grey or Silver, Green
- Plant Height or length:
- 50 cms to 100 cms
- Plant Spread or Width:
- Less than 50 cms
- Plant Form:
- Upright or Erect
- Estimated Life Span:
- Very long lived
- Special Character:
- Rare Plant or difficult to get plant
- Generally available in India in quantities of:
- Less than ten, Old variety plants may be difficult to get
- This stunning landscape and house plant was brought to Europe in 1826 and has since been keenly sought after. The plant was originally found in the romance capital of Rio De Jererio. The plant has a classic vase shape, very pleasing to the eye. It has broad leaves of dark green, with silver white bands. Even without a flower this is a striking plant, but when it flowers, it is a show stopper.
The pyramidal flowerhead is raised about 15 cm above the vase and has spiky, shocking pink flower bracts and blue flower petals, a stupendous combination.
- Brilliant as a potted plant, an epiphyte, or groundcover under light shade.
- - All bromeliads have very fine roots. They originally come from high rainfall areas of South America.
- In their natural habitat they grow up on trees very much like orchids.
- Their fine roots grow amongst the bark and trap plant and animal debris that decomposes over time and provides nutr8ition.
- The leaves form a cup in the center of the plant. This cup holds and stores rain water.
- As they come from areas with regular rainfall – these plants require regular irrigation. However this water must not stay in the potting mix.
- Care should be taken that the leaf cup which holds does not dry out.
- Plants require a fair amount of humidity and therefore grow well in the company of ferns or other foliage plants.
- After flowering - remove the flower spike or head. The plant will get new young shoots or pups from its base. These can be potted separately once they are big enough to handle (have 6 to 8 leaves) For detailed growing tips refer the article below.