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PlantFiles: Tinantia
Tinantia erecta

Family: Commelinaceae (ko-mel-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tinantia (ty-NAN-tee-uh) (Info)
Species: erecta (ee-RECK-tuh) (Info)

Synonym:Tinantia fugax

6 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive PudgyMudpies On Oct 4, 2007, PudgyMudpies from Stockton, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

what a pretty flower this makes. I just noticed it today and had to post a pic in plant identification to find out what it was. Turns out I planted this seed in 2004 and this is the first time it has shown itself. It will be interesting to see what it will do, but it is obviously hardy in my zone. It is in a full shade area.

Positive Kim_M On Aug 15, 2004, Kim_M from Hamburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

This is an absolutely beautiful plant. Even if it didn't flower the foliage is awesome. I've also heard this plant grows a big tuber..Don't know yet. I'll have to let you know if I ever decide to move

4/29/05 Well It's a year later..Definitely an annual in my zone. It literally drops to the ground on the first frost. But it has reseeded Like Crazy! Great Plant! I was concerned because I hadn't started my tinantia seeds yet. But went outside today where they were planted and found many seedlings. I'm elated :-D


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

Alameda, California
Stockton, California
Barbourville, Kentucky
Port Norris, New Jersey
Wallkill, New York
Royersford, Pennsylvania

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