Eventual height & spread
Streptocarpus collection of 5 plants
cape primrose / streptocarpus collection
- available to order from spring
- 1 collection
- Position: partial shade
- Soil: fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil or fibre-based compost if grown indoors
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: usually throughout the year
- Hardiness: tender (will need to be overwintered indoors, or in a shaded greenhouse)
Grown for their showy flowers, which come in a wide range of colours, these tender perennials make superb houseplants. They will flower from mid-spring to mid-autumn and tend to bloom more prolifically when slightly pot-bound. Mainly originating from woodland, rocky slopes and grassland in southern Africa, they require a frost-free position with filtered sun.
In this collection you will receive one plug plant of each of the following varieties.
- Streptocarpus 'Harlequin Lace': Larger than average flowers, each with an intricate pattern of purple-blue veins on their three lower lobes, appear in profusion for up to ten months of the year on these compact plants. Height: 24cm.
- Streptocarpus 'Gwen': This variety produces a large head of purple flushed white flowers, which almost smother the foliage. Height: 32cm.
- Streptocarpus 'Roulette Azur': Large, distinctly bicoloured flowers, each with a generous white eye and deep royal blue petal lobes, put on a colourful and prolonged show above the compact foliage. Height: 34cm.
- Streptocarpus 'Hannah': Relatively compact mounds of mid-green foliage are topped with a mass of flowers for the majority of the year. Initially blush pink with a yellow eye that is pencilled with short maroon lines, the flowers darken within a few days of opening to mid-pink. Height: 27cm.
- Streptocarpus 'Hope': A flash of yellow in the throat, and white-flushed upper lobes, make these vibrant pinkish-red flowers really stand out above the strap-shaped, mid-green foliage. Height: 30cm.
- Home care: Water regularly during the growing season, allowing the compost to get a little dry in between; during this time they should be fed with a high potash fertiliser. Overwinter in a shaded greenhouse, or indoors on a south or west-facing windowsill, watering less often. Repot each spring into a slightly larger, shallow pot filled with fibre-based compost. They can also be used as summer bedding - grow in fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil in partial shade.