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Uncarina grandidieri

Family: Pedaliaceae
Genus: Uncarina (un-kar-ee-nuh) (Info)
Species: grandidieri (gran-dee-dee-ER-ee) (Info)

One member has or wants this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

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
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive MSMoore On Jun 23, 2014, MSMoore from Claremont, CA wrote:

My husband and I went to visit the LA Arboretum a couple of weeks ago and we both fell in love with this plant. It is a very interesting and beautiful plant. Since we have uprooted all our roses, we have switched to cactus and succulents and this would be a wonderful addition (if not to be the centerpiece) of our garden.

Besides, my husband has become kind of obsessed with it.

So I wonder if anyone knows where I can buy a plant (or seeds)?


Positive Dutchlady1 On Aug 7, 2009, Dutchlady1 from Naples, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

I have been growing this plant in a pot in my lanai for about 3 years and it was doing very nicely, but was clearly ready to be given more space. Since I planted it in the ground in my yard it has tripled in size and is getting too big for my yard!!
I enjoy this rare and unusual plant which requires very little care and blooms frequently.

Positive Kell On Jan 20, 2008, Kell from Northern California, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

I have a small one of these for over a year now and it is so easy. I keep it inside where it has tolerated such neglect. As soon as I pay it a little attention like repotting it or fertilizing, it recovers and puts out tons of new growth.


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

Thousand Oaks, California
Naples, Florida
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida

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