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Iochroma Royal Queen™ Purple (Iochroma hybrid)

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Iochroma Royal Queen™ Purple (Iochroma hybrid)
Bold purple tubular flowers adorn the stems of this hummingbird-magnet plant. The deep purple bloom clusters are a sight to behold and it will flower steadily from early summer until frost. The plant has large, velvety leaves and usually reaches about 3’ tall. In the same family as brugmansias, Iochromas are sometimes called “Mini Angel Trumpets,” and they have similar cultural requirements: full sun, well-drained soil and frequent fertilization during the summer months to encourage continual blooming.
Hardiness Zone 8, 9, 10
Bloom Season Summer
Sun Requirement Full Sun
Grows to 3'
Minimum Temperature Indoors 35
  1. Has done well as an outdoor/indoor plant in Connecticut Review by Ken
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    I bought this plant and the Ashcott Red in the spring of 2013. The small plants put on size quickly when warm weather set in and had to be repotted twice. By the end of the summer both were over 4' tall and blooming strongly. I pruned slightly and brought them indoors before the first frost. A light frost won't kill them but would probably make them drop their leaves.

    Over the winter I watered sparingly. I don't have the space to try to keep them in full growth indoors. Like my Brugmansias they dropped most of their leaves with reduced winter watering. In the spring, after our last frost date of May 15, I pruned them back pretty hard and brought them outside. (As when bringing any plant outdoors don't expose them to direct sun right away or they'll sunburn.)

    They looked a bit forlorn because I had pruned them back to bare branches but after a couple of weeks new growth began in earnest.

    I grow them in full morning sun. They'd be happy with full sun all day but do fine with 1/2 day. As with most plants in this family they like water and fertilizer. Don't let the soil in their pot dry out and fertilize regularly with a balanced fertilizer. I had a long weekend away and when I returned they had dropped about 1/2 of their leaves from getting too dry. I watered thoroughly and pruned one of them lightly because it would have looked weird otherwise. They start blooming in late spring and don't stop until fall.

    They are in the Solanaceae family (tomato, eggplant, potato, datura, brugmansia) and like many of their cousins will be attacked by spider mites if they're around. Watch for signs and treat immediately. (Posted on 7/16/2014)

  2. Nice plant Review by Letty
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    Overall this plant flowers nicely has small sprays of flowers throughout the season even in the winter as long as it's got sun. (Posted on 7/13/2014)