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PlantFiles: Pink Congea, Pink Shower Orchid, Shower of Orchids, Shower-of-Orchids, Pink Sandpaper Vine
Congea griffithiana

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Congea (KON-jee-a) (Info)
Species: griffithiana (grif-ith-ee-AY-na) (Info)

Synonym:Congea griffithiana var. elliptica

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Vines and Climbers

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

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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:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Blooms all year
Blooms repeatedly

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Flowers are good for cutting
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral htop On Jan 4, 2008, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Pink shower orchid (Congea griffithiana) is a native plant from Burma to Malayasia and is rarely seen in cultivation outside of the tropics. It appears to grow happily in the Hawaiian Islands as a nonnative plant. A climbing vine, it is also often trained as a shrub. The thick, ovate-elliptic, opposite, 5-15 cm long leaves are glossy on the top and covered with fine hairs undemeath.

Pink shower orchid blooms in late winter and spring. It is noted for the 4 or 5, spathala-shaped, 2 to 3.5 cm long, woolly (wooly) flower bracts which subtend the flowerheads. The flowerheads have 4 to 8 flowers each. The 6 to 9 mm long, white with purple in the center corolla has 2-lipped, fused petals and 4 protruding stamen. The bracts open white, turn pinkish-lavender and then a tan as they mature. The fruit is an obovoid drupe and contains 1 seed. Pink shower orchid may be pruned to keep it in shape; however, avoid excessive pruning because the flowers are produced on the stem tips.


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

Pompano Beach, Florida
Hana, Hawaii

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