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PlantFiles: Reineckia
Reineckea carnea

Family: Asparagaceae
Genus: Reineckea
Species: carnea (KAR-nee-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Reineckea ovata
Synonym:Reineckea yunnanensis

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

One member has or wants this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive MTVineman On Aug 7, 2010, MTVineman from Helena, MT (Zone 5a) wrote:

This beautiful plant has turned into one of my new favourites. It is just getting ready to send up it's thick spikes of gorgeous reddish pink flowers now as I write this on August 7. I can see the spikes down in between the basal leaves and they are surprisingly thick and huge looking already. I can see this is going to be a spectacular thing as it arises and eventually blooms. I have seen this in bloom only once before at a botanical garden so that's how I know what it looks like in bloom. Of course, mine may be slightly or quite a bit different although it's the same species. I mean, you just never know, eh? I'm very excited to see what it's going to look like! I have mine growing outside now in a big clay pot as it is obviously not hardy here in Montana. Then again, you never know. I will be removing some of the stolons it is sending out and I will try them outside here anyway since they are a Himalayan plant anyhow. I have found that many plants, trees and shrubs that are not supposed to be hardy here are perfectly hardy anyway and it's quite fun and surprising when you succeed with an experiment like that. I'm a risk taker anyway! I by all means recommend Reineckia carnea to anyone who wants a beautiful plant that has gorgeous foliage all year and then the flowers which come in Mid Summer to Fall as far as I can tell. I believe this plant makes berries or fruit of some kind too. I'll get back to you once my baby has bloomed and let everyone know. If you have chance to get one, do it!


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Alpharetta, Georgia
Burlington, North Carolina
Portland, Oregon
Yemassee, South Carolina

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