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PlantFiles: Wooly Congea, Wooly Shower Orchid, Shower of Orchids
Congea tomentosa

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Congea (KON-jee-a) (Info)
Species: tomentosa (toh-men-TOH-suh) (Info)

Synonym:Calochlamys capitata
Synonym:Congea oblonga
Synonym:Congea petelotii
Synonym:Congea villosa
Synonym:Roscoea villosa

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Vines and Climbers

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 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:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
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:
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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:

Positive Mackaysterbelle On Nov 1, 2010, Mackaysterbelle from Lake Alfred, FL wrote:

Congea tomentosa grows in Mackay Gardens and Lakeside Preserve in Lake Alfred, Florida. It grows along the top wall of the Grotto and blooms in winter. Temperatures below 32F. will cause it to drop flowers and leaves. It survived two weeks of below freezing during winter 2010. Mackay Gardens is free and open to the public.

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

Wooly shower orchid (Congea tomentosa) is native to Burma and Thailand. It is an evergren vine to 20 feet or a sprawling shrub suited for tropical gardens and is often grown in southern Florida, southern California and the Hawaiian Islands. Wooly shower orchid has naturalized in Puerto Rico. It is a more robust plant than pink shower orchid (Congea griffithiana) having a larger habit.

Wooly congea has opposite, 6-8 in (15.2 to 20.3 cm) long, prominently veined, hairy, light green leaves. It flowers in late winter and spring. The white with lilac tubular flowers are tiny and inconspicuous and are borne in the center of three petal-like, 1 in (2.5 cm) long velvety bracts. The bracts change from pink to lavender and finally to gray as they mature.


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

Boca Raton, Florida
Lake Alfred, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
Pepeekeo, Hawaii

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