Lisianthus, mauve in a pot was given to me as a present. I would like to know how to care fore for it, please. I live in N.S.W Australia.
By Kathy from East Maitland, NSW, Australia
Lisianthus, botanically known as Eustoma grandiflorum is a biennial or short-lived perennial depending on climate. Foliage is gray-green, mounding and sends up 1 1/2 foot stems with showy 2 to 3 inch tulip-shaped flowers, in pink, white or mauve. Requires good garden soil, well drained, occasional fertilizing. Great for containers, border or cutting garden. If deadheaded it will bloom all summer. It is an excellent cut flower, often greenhouse grown commercially. Although this plant is native to the American high plains, garden cultivars were introduced by Japan. For more info go to -"how to grow Lisianthus".
Lisianthus grow wild in the pastures around my house in Central Texas. Since they are a deep blue color, they are known as Texas bluebells. They take the heat and drought conditions but will flourish with some extra care.
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