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Lion's Claw

Leontochir ovallei

Family: Alstroemeriaceae
Genus: Leontochir (lee-on-to-chir) (Info)
Species: ovallei (o-val-ee-i) (Info)

Category:

Alpines and Rock Gardens

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Foliage:

Smooth

Foliage Color:

Blue-Green

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

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Bloom Color:

Red

Dark Purple/Black

Bloom Characteristics:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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On Nov 6, 2004, Ursula from Santiago,
Chile (Zone 9b) wrote:

This gorgeous exotic scrambler is endemic to the coastal area of the Atacama Desert (Chile), where it gets the 'camanchaca' (sea mist) and requires very specific conditions to grow. Unfortunately, it has become an endangered species.

In its natural habitat, Leontochir ovallei scrambles through/over rocks or clims with the support of a cactaceae. The area where they grow never has even superficial frost. The vines can reach up to 2m (6.5') and are dressed with beautiful foliage. The tip of the vine raises and produces a round flower head (umbela of approx. 10cm diameter) with multiple shiny red flowers, each one measuring some 2cm (1"). Sometimes, yellow flowers can be found. The inside of the flowers has black markings. They bloom from late winter to late spring. The ... read more

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