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DIASCIA (DEVOTION™ VELVET RED)

Image of Diascia 'Divocrim' (DEVOTION™ VELVET RED, DEVOTION™ SERIES) PP18836

Environmental Horticulture Dept. University of Florida

Family

Scrophulariaceae

Botanical Name

DIASCIA 'Divocrim'( DEVOTION™ VELVET RED, DEVOTION™ SERIES) PP18836

Plant Common Name

Twinspur

Special Notice

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

General Description

Early flowering with a compact mound habit, Devotion™ Velvet Red twinspur freely branches and displays rosy-fuchsia blossoms with reddish cores. It is most commonly grown as a bedding annual but where hardy it survives as an evergreen perennial. This hybrid derived from tender perennials native to southern Africa was developed by Syngenta Seeds in The Netherlands.

This fine-textured, herbaceous plant has wiry stems and small heart-shaped leaves. The delicate, dark rose flowers with deep red throats appear all season. Each small flower is tubular with a prominent lip and two rear spurs, or nectaries, which hold nectar for bees and butterflies. Hummingbirds have even been known to visit them. No seeds are produced, however.

Grow twinspur in full to partial sun and porous, friable, humus-rich soil with an acid to neutral pH. It performs best where summers are cooler and needs constant moisture when grown in containers, particularly if placed in exposed sites. In very hot months flowering may cease but will resume when temperatures cool in autumn. Severely trim back plants after blooming wanes to encourage fresh growth and heavy flowering.

Twinspurs are small and tend to trail, so they are ideal for pots, hanging baskets, window boxes or border edges. Treat them as a cool-season annual plant where tender or where summers are hot and winters mild. This selection has better tolerance to summer heat and flower colors do not fade when sunlight and heat is intense, unlike others.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    8 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    8"-12" / 20.3cm - 30.5cm

  • Width

    12"-16" / 30.5cm - 40.6cm

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Red, Fuchsia, Rose

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • 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

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Edging, Hanging Basket, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No