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Care of the plant Jacobinia suberecta or Velvet honeysuckle.

Care of the plant Jacobinia suberecta or Velvet honeysuckle

The genus Jacobinia, family Acanthaceae, comprises 50 species of herbaceous plants native to tropical regions of America. Some species are: Jacobinia suberecta, Jacobinia pauciflora, Jacobinia tinctoria, Jacobinia carnea, Jacobinia ghiesbreghtiana, Jacobinia spicigera.

Common name: Velvet honeysuckle. Scientific synonyms: Justicia suberecta, Dicliptera suberecta. This species is native to Uruguay.

They are perennial herbaceous plants that reach 1 meter (39.37") in height. The leaves are opposite and oval in shape. The attractive red-orange flowers appear in spikes and bloom in summer.

They are used to form clumps along with short plants and large shrubs and in pots for balconies, decks and patios.

Jacobinia suberecta needs full or well-lit sun exposure. They do not resist frost.

The soil can be a mixture, in equal parts, of leaf mulch, garden substrate, and coarse sand.

Water frequently, especially in spring and summer. Spray the leaves periodically with lime-free water in summer.

Prune lightly after flowering.

Fertilize with manure in autumn and with mineral fertilizer fortnightly during spring and summer.

They propagate in autumn from herbaceous cuttings.

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Jacobinia suberecta
Jacobinia suberecta