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Angelonia
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Plant Type: Annuals

Angelonia is an erect little perennial with smooth stems and narrow 2-3in (5-7.6 cm) leaves with toothed margins and pointed tips. Some people say the foliage smells like apples. The flowers are rose lilac to violet to blue, almost an inch across and borne in slender upright spikes to 8 in (20 cm) long. The flowers bloom over a long period in summer – 4-6 weeks in temperate climates and even longer in zones 9-11.Angelonia is evergreen with soft (not woody) stems and a bushy habit,and gets 12-18 in (30.5-45.7 cm) tall with a spread of about 12 in(30.5 cm). 'Alba' has white flowers and 'Blue Pacifica' had two-toned flowers in white and indigo blue. 'Angel mist' is a new offering from Ball Horticultural Company and available in garden centers nationwide.It comes in six different colors and is reportedly extremely vigorous and showy, and gets about 2 ft (0.6 m) tall.

 


Growing & Maintenance Tips:

There are about 30 species of Angelonia native to the tropical and subtropical New World. Most are not well known in cultivation. The new 'Angel mist' series has already won several "best of the year"awards at university trial gardens.

Flower Color

White/Blue (six different colors)

Foliage Color

Green

Plant Spread

12"

Good Companions

Plant Height

12-18"

Scape Height

Hardness Zone

9-11

Soil Moisture

Angelonia should have regular watering for best performance, but established plantings are moderately drought tolerant. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings.


Characteristics & Attributes

Attributes

With their short stature and long lasting colorful blooms, angelonias are perfect as summer bedding plants. For a massed effect, space plants9-12 in (23-30.5 cm) apart. They also make great container plants for porch planters and window boxes. In zones 9-11 use as flowering edging in front of perennial beds and borders. They're good for cut flowers too

Bloom Time

All summer,

Critter Resistance

Exposure

Full Sun

Growth Rate

Seasonal Interests

Summer/Fall