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Tetranema roseum

Tetranema roseum
Mexican violet
Tetranema roseum

Common name Mexican violet
Family plantaginaceae
Life cycle tender perennial (Z10-11)
Flowers pink-violet
Size 6-12"
Light shade
Cultural notes moist soil
From seed germinate at room temperature with exposure to light
Flowers first year from seed sown indoors early.
detailed seed-starting info below

Small tender perennial with crinkly evergreen foliage and tubular flowers. Can be grown in indoor containers, which may be the only way for me to enjoy it. One of those selections from the NARGS surplus seed list that I ordered without doing much research. Those can be fun – I would not have knowingly ordered a finnicky tropical, but now that I have the seed, I'm having fun seeing the plants grow to maturity. They were slow to get going: the photo at top right was taken in early July, after the plants had been in a pot on the patio for a couple months. Blooms appeared by mid-July, but weren't plentiful until mid-August, when the photo at right was taken.

Mexican violet

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 NARGS '13/'14 exchange, cold-stored. Baggy 70F (9d) - 70F with light (70%G, 3-10d)

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