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Strobilanthes rankanensis

Strobilanthes rankanensis
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Price:  £4.00
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Family:  Acanthaceae
Main Season:  Summer
Flower Colour:  Blue
Leaf Colour:  Green
Position:  Sun
Soil Type:  Ordinary, medium loam
Height:  90cm to 1.2m (3' to 4')
Pot Size:  9cm

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Wonderful upright bushy plants with rich green foliage and branched stems of purple-blue trumpet shaped flowers from midsummer to autumn. Semi-evergreen in sheltered sites. Drained soil in sun, 1.2m.

Strobilanthes rankanensis is one of those perennials that has been around a fair while but never been widely available for some reason - this deserves to be much more widely grown.  Strobilanthes do have a bit of a reputation of not being very hardy but this species has easily survived -16°C here, even re-shooting from 30-40cm up the stems that year.

It will try and retain it's leaves overwinter but cold weather will cause them to be dropped, especially if in a windy site.  The stems are usually retained and rather like a Fuchsia, it will sprout from ground level or higher in the spring.

Very pretty rich coloured flowers for many weeks (even months).