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Pericallis x hybrida
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Zones 16, 17, 22-28
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Partial, Shade
Regular Water
Moderate

Pericallis x hybrida

Florists’ Cineraria
Asteraceae (Compositae)
Annuals, Perennials

One of the showiest perennials for shade in mild climates. Grows to 2 ft. high and wide, with broad clusters of 3–5-in. daisies in colors ranging from white through pink and purplish red to blue and purple, often with contrasting eyes or bands. Most common are the large-flowered dwarf kinds (12–15 in. tall) generally sold as Multiflora Nana or Hybrida Grandiflora. They bloom in late winter and early spring in mild-winter areas, spring and early summer elsewhere. Plants sold as Cineraria stellata (an invalid botanical name) are taller (to 2 1/2–3 ft.), with clusters of smaller, star-shaped daisies.

Grow in loose, rich soil. Plant in fall or spring; protect plants set out in autumn from frost by choosing a location under shrubs, trees, overhang, or lath. Effective in mass plantings or combined with other shade-loving plants; excellent in containers on a lanai or patio. Even where they grow as perennials, these plants are usually discarded after bloom. Principal pests are leaf miners, spider mites, slugs, and snails.

 

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