Streptocarpus rexii

A neat, compact perennial herb with attractive white to blue/pale violet flowers.
FLOWER COLOUR:  
AVERAGE SIZE (H) x (W): 0.2m x 0.3m
FLOWERING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D
FRUITING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D

A stemless perennial with a rosette of velvety leaves with a quilted appearance.  It bears 1-6 funnel-shaped flowers which are carried on slender stalks.  The tubular base of the flower is straight, cylindrical and pale blue or white.  The 2-lipped flowers are pale blue with darker streaks on the lower lip. 40 – 75mm long.

Streptocarpus rexii has the ability to reduce leaf size, or wilt severely during unfavourable conditions, thus reducing stress and water loss, from which they recover completely when favourable conditions return.

NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION:
Shaded banks on forest margins and forest floor.

MAINTENANCE:
When planted indoors, ensure that a warm spot with good light is provided but no direct sunlight as the plants burn easily.

Remove all plant debris, including dead flowers and yellow leaves that will encourage fungal development. Also remove the inflorescence completely after flowering to keep the plant looking attractive and encourage new flower development. In the case of fungal disease on the plant, affected leaves should be pinched off and the rest of the plant treated with a suitable fungicide.

Feed potted plants every two weeks during the active growing season using a suitable foliar feed.
Repotting of plants should commence once the roots appear at the bottom of the pot.

Mature plants often lose their vigour after three to five years and should be replaced with younger plants.

WATER REQUIREMENTS:
Water moderately to ensure the soil is constantly moist.



GARDEN THEMES:
Forest, woodland

LANDSCAPING USES:
They make beautiful pot plants and garden plants for shady areas.
Ensure that a warm spot with good light is provided indoors but no direct sunlight as the plants burn easily.
FLOWERS:
FOLIAGE:
CULTIVATION:
Easy to propagate from seed or cuttings in spring.

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