Description: Height, spread, bloom
It is red-listed as Rare but is not threatened. This delicate shrub is reasonably fast growing and reaches a height of about 2m with a 1m spread. It flowers profusely with light mauve to bright blue, bell-shaped flowers.
The quickest way of propagating Frelinia tropica is by using cuttings in summer. Root-stimulating hormones will encourage root development
Season for planting
Requirements: location, soil, light, water, frost, warnings
The shrub enjoys semi-shade with good, well-draining soil that has been enriched with compost. It can withstand cold and light frost, but young plants should be protected against the cold in their first few winters.
It blooms in spring and summer.
Diseases and other problems
It is seldom attacked by pests and diseases
It should be clipped seasonally to encourage bushing, otherwise, it will become scraggly.
Benefits for bees
It is very rich in nectar.