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Achimenes 'Mexicana'

Family: Gesneriaceae (ges-ner-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Achimenes (a-KIM-ih-neez) (Info)
Cultivar: Mexicana
Additional cultivar information:(aka Blue Beauty, Galatea)

Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Vines and Climbers

Height:

under 6 in. (15 cm)

Spacing:

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Medium Blue

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:

Silver/Gray

Blue-Green

Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Veined

Other details:

This plant is suitable for growing indoors

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)

From leaf cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Clemmons, North Carolina

Houston, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral

On Jun 9, 2006, WUVIE from Hulbert, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This plant seems to do much better when one
is not 'trying' to care for it.

I tend to overwater things in the house, so it was
an accident that I discovered it grows best in a
self-watering pot intended for African Violets.
It doesn't grow quickly overnight, but will produce
a show of blooms for you on occasion.

Not an overly interesting plant, it just sort of
exists in my greenhouse. If it will live, it is
welcome to stay.