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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)

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Vines and Climbers

under 6 in. (15 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)
6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Medium Blue

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us


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

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No positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral WUVIE 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.


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

Clemmons, North Carolina
Houston, Texas

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