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Cyanotis somaliensis

Family: Commelinaceae (ko-mel-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cyanotis (sy-an-NOH-tiss) (Info)
Species: somaliensis (soh-mal-ee-EN-sis) (Info)

Synonym:Tradescantia somaliensis

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7 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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


Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

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

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
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:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
By serpentine layering

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Zaltys On May 26, 2010, Zaltys from Ikaalinen
Finland wrote:

Very low maintenance, as long as you find a good spot for it.
Seems to prefer filtered or partial shade. The leaves quickly turn reddish in full sun.

Positive podster On Jul 2, 2006, podster from Deep East Texas, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

When left outdoors in zone 8a, it will die down and come back in the spring from the roots. It is low maintenance. The leaves are furry to entice a touching gardener.


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

Boulder Creek, California
Clayton, California
Clovis, California
Rodeo, California
Rowland Heights, California
San Marino, California
Vista, California
Hawkinsville, Georgia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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