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Sanchezia speciosa (Shrubby whitevein)

Sanchezia speciosa Photo/Illustration: Jennifer Benner


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Botanical Name:Sanchezia speciosa san-CHEZ-ee-ah spee-see-OH-sah Common Name: Shrubby whitevein Synonyms: S. glaucophylla, S. nobilis, S. spectabilis
A bushy shrub from Eduador and Peru with sturdy, bright green or purple stems and large, dark green leaves displaying light-colored ribs and veins. Tubular yellow flowers are borne in terminal spikes in summer. Grow in a greenhouse or as a summer annual outdoors.
Noteworthy characteristics: Leaves are variegated with yellow, ivory, or white midribs and veins. May be overwintered indoors.
Care: Outdoors, grow in full sun with some midday shade or in light, dappled shade. Needs moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil. Plants can be overwintered indoors in a warm, bright area. Under glass, grow in bright filtered or full light with shade from hot sun. Water sparingly in winter.
Propagation: Using gentle bottom heat, root softwood cuttings in spring or semi-ripe cuttings in summer.
Problems: Spider mites, scale insects.
Height 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Pace Moderate Grower
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Medium Moisture
Maintenance Moderate
Characteristics Showy Foliage
Bloom Time Early Summer; Late Summer; Summer
Foliage Color Variegated Foliage
Flower Color Yellow Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Indoor Plant
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest
Type Shrubs,Tropicals

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