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Achimenes 'Big Purple'

Family: Gesneriaceae (ges-ner-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Achimenes (a-KIM-ih-neez) (Info)
Cultivar: Big Purple
Additional cultivar information: (aka Purple King)

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

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)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade
Full Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From herbaceous stem cuttings
By simple layering

Seed Collecting:
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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive turektaylor On Jan 3, 2010, turektaylor from Elizabeth City, NC (Zone 8a) wrote:

it's recommended that these are mulched well from zone 8 and up for the winter to guarantee survival.

Positive mjsponies On Nov 26, 2008, mjsponies from DeLand/Deleon Springs, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is really an easy plant. I have 4 pots of it. One is a clay strawberry pot, and looks really pretty growing out all the spaces on the sides and top. I also have them planted in with my caladium's where they get high shade/filtered sun. Mulch them during winter months and then in March I pull the mulch back and up they come. When the one's in pots go dormant in late fall here in Fl. I stick the pots up under the bench in the barn. In spring I bring them out and either divide the pots then and make another one or repot and when I see new growth start w/ light fertilizer and off they go!!

Positive rosemarysims On Jun 25, 2006, rosemarysims from Mermentau, LA (Zone 8b) wrote:

One of the best of the Achimenes for the shade garden in warm areas, 'Big Purple' can be difficult to find. I've seen it recently called 'Purple King'. This is a draping cultivar that is particularly fine in a pot, a hanging basket or a raised bed in the shade garden, especially among bold ferns and Irises.

Almost all Achimenes are easy from tip cuttings in the hot season. Before the plant blooms, pinch out tips, strip off the bottom leaves and stick in consistently moist but well drained soil.

The plant's rhizomes are formed as, and after the plant has gone dormant (Oct on the gulf coast). They can be dug in late Jan or Feb. You will have scads of 'Big Purple" though other Achimenes are not so prolific. 'Big Purple' has easily identifiable rhizomes which can get quite long and narrow and are tinged purplish red.


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

Benton, Arkansas
Brooksville, Florida
Chiefland, Florida
Cottondale, Florida
Deland, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Acworth, Georgia
Colfax, Louisiana
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Goose Creek, South Carolina
Linden, Tennessee
Jacksonville, Texas
Murchison, Texas

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