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What is Pseuderanthemum?

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  • Written By: A. Leverkuhn
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  • Last Modified Date: 19 July 2018
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Pseuderanthemum is a kind of blossoming perennial plant that many gardeners love for their bright colors and enduring qualities. There are many varieties of this type of flowering plant. Pseuderanthemum can be an attractive addition to a flower bed or other outdoor area around a home.

Pseuderanthemum plant species need to be planted in a warm environment, although their hardiness leads them to be classified as “evergreens.” These plants thrive on warm conditions. They also benefit from humidity and need periodic irrigation in many cases.

The flowers of this kind of plant can be colored many different ways. Lots of these plant varieties have white flowers, as well as those in primary or secondary colors. As perennials, their capacity for endurance makes them favorites in many kinds of small flower gardens.

In order to grow these flowering plants successfully, there have to be some nutrients in the soil that they grow in. The soil also has to be “friable” or open to drainage. Some growers use elements like perlite, a kind of heated rock product, or vermiculite to make soil friable, although users of these elements have to be careful, since they can cause some respiratory risks. Others simply buy pseuderanthemum species from a greenhouse or nursery, where they are grown in bulk by professionals.

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One popular type of plant in this family is pseuderanthemum alatum. This particular species is also called chocolate plant. It is not so called because of any properties related to the cocoa bean, but because of the specific shade of brown of the leaves. These plants typically have some purple blossoms. The pseuderanthemum alatum or chocolate plant is native to areas of Mexico and the Central American region.

In some areas, these plants will grow through the winter, although some recommend a minimum temperature of 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit. These plants don’t usually need as much water in the winter, and the growth will generally slow, as with many different kinds of plant varieties. As a perennial, though, these hardy plants can come back in the next year, even after cold temperatures during the winter.

The popularity and diversity of this type of plant makes it useful for homeowners to know more about its care. Owners can experiment with growing different varieties for a more vibrant flower bed. Look for pseuderanthemum options wherever nursery plants are sold locally, and be sure to get any details available for their continued care.

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