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Strobilanthes attenuata

Strobilanthes attenuata
Strobilanthes attenuata

Synonym(s) Strobilanthes urticifolia
Family acanthaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers dark blue/purple (late summer-fall)
Size 24"
Light shade
From seed Flowers first year from seed sown indoors early.
detailed seed-starting info below

Native to Nepal. Grows more wide than tall. Most strobilanthes species are tender, but this one has proven hardy in our garden for several years now. They are late to return in spring, and are inconspicuous for most of the early season, until the flowers arrive in late summer. Mature plants attain quite some bulk by this time, so that the mounds of blue flowers pack some punch. One worth waiting for!

Strobilanthes attenuata
I like the dark silver-hairy buds and new leaves
Strobilanthes attenuata
Puts on an attractive autumn coat (late October)
Strobilanthes attenuata
Mature specimen grows into a shrubby large perennial by mid-summer

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '08 trade. Baggy 65F (100%G, 7-9d)

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