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ASYSTASIA gangetica 'Variegata'

Image of Asystasia gangetica 'Variegata'

James Burghardt

Family

Acanthaceae

Botanical Name

ASYSTASIA gangetica 'Variegata'

Plant Common Name

Ganges Primrose, Variegated Primrose

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

Successful in many warm soils, the spreading green and yellow foliage of variegated Ganges primrose is a lovely backdrop for the white or yellow blossoms that flush purple with maturity. An exact nativity is uncertain, but believed to hail from eastern Africa, and India eastward into Malaysia. This is a tender perennial or subshrub that sprawls out and is reminiscent of a large petunia plant. It is usually regarded as a pretty weed in the tropics (in lawns), often invasive along the beaches.

The dark green leaves are plump ovals to heart-shaped and held in opposite pairs on the creeping or clambering stems. They are highlighted with yellow blotches and splatterings. Anytime when temperatures are warm and soil moisture ample, funnel-shaped flowers appear, opening white or yellow and becoming flushed with purple tones as they age. The blossom has five flaring lobes and will attract long-tongued moths.

Grow variegated Ganges primrose in full to partial sun in average to nutrient poor waste soils. Tolerant of drought and saltspray, this adds to this plant's ability to establish and attain weed status across the world's tropical regions. If selected for garden use, mulch under and around the plant to diminish its weedy tendencies. In colder regions it holds promise for use as an annual groundcover or container plant.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 9

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade

  • Height

    18"-36" / 45.7cm - 91.4cm

  • Width

    2'-4' / 0.6m - 1.2m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    Southern Africa, South Africa

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Lavender

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Yellow, Dark Green, Light Yellow

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated, Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Yellow, Dark Green, Light Yellow

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated, Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Yellow, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter) Modifier

    Variegated, SpottedMottled

  • Bark Color

    Sandy Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    No