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Plant Species of the genus Aphelandra

Information about this genus
Name: Aphelandra
Cultivation: CULTIVATION: To grow in pots, combine a loam-based compost in the ratio 2:1, with one part of leaf mold. These plants thrive when watered with rainwater (soft water). They should be fed regularly through the growing season, and then food and water reduced throughout dormancy. Drafts and direct sunlight should be avoided. After flowering, plants need to be cut back to encourage side shoots, which can be used for propagation. Spider mite, aphids and scale insects can be a problem under glass. In the wild the plants are pollinated by hummingbirds.
Description: This genus in the family Acanthaceae consists of about 170 species of shrubs and subshrubs cultivated for their attractive flowerheads. Short-lived red and yellow flowers appear throughout the year. Native to tropical North, Central and South America, all species are frost tender and live in the wild as understory plants in moist woodland.

Specie Vernacular Zone
Aphelandra aurantiaca 11-12
Aphelandra sinclairiana 10-12
Aphelandra squarrosa 11-12



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