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PERICALLIS (SENETTI® MAGENTA BI-COLOR)

Image of Pericallis 'Sunsenereba' (SENETTI® MAGENTA BI-COLOR, SENETTI® SERIES)

Jessie Keith

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

PERICALLIS 'Sunsenereba'( SENETTI® MAGENTA BI-COLOR, SENETTI® SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Cineraria

Special Notice

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

General Description

A dazzling daisy relative that warms the spirit with amazing flower colors, Senetti® Magenta Bi-Color cineraria is a large-flowering selection with magenta-fuchsia and white petals. An evergreen perennial that attains a perfect mounding habit, it is a hybrid developed by the Japanese breeder Suntory and botanically known as 'Sunsenereba'. This heat-sensitive plant is usually regarded as an annual that is grown in large quantities by the florist industry for indoor enjoyment in the mid to late winter months. It may be grown outdoors in mild climates that do not have high heat summers and receive only the lightest of mild frosts. Senetti® Magenta Bi-Color will readily rebloom after spent flowers are sheered away.

The oval leaves are triangular to heart-shaped and range from medium to dark green. Typically from early winter into spring, the center of the foliage is home to a rounded cluster of daisy blossoms that are vibrant magenta-fuchsia (with hints of lavender) with petal bases being white around the central eye of dark red. In mild climates with cool summers, the floral display can extend across summer and into the autumn.

Grow 'Sunsenereba' in a fertile but moist, well-draining soil. Full sun in appropriate only in cool climates or in winter, otherwise partial shade is needed to keep these perennials protected from the melting afternoon heat. If acquired as a potted plant, it is best discarded unless you live in a cool, frost-free climate - then you could transplant to an outdoor garden bed. If grown as an annual, it will flower in spring and summer as long as the heat is not too great. Cutting away old flowers will result in another flowering if temperatures are not too warm. Seeds will be produced, but typically this plant is propagated by cuttings. It may self-seed itself to be slightly invasive in regions with a cool, damp maritime climate, like that around San Francisco, California.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 12

  • Sunset Zone

    16, 17, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    15"-18" / 38.1cm - 45.7cm

  • Width

    12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring, Early Winter, Winter, Late Winter

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Purple, Light Blue, Indigo, Dark Blue, Violet, Blue Violet

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • 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

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Feature Plant, Houseplant, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes