Botanical Name: Pericallis x (Previously Cineraria x)
Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun
Bloom: Blue, Magenta, Bi-color Magenta, Bi-color Violet (March-April)
Glowing like Las Vegas lights, the high voltage daisy-like flowers of Pericallis are guaranteed to grab your attention. Pericallis, formally known as Cineraria, thrives in cool, frost free conditions, perfect for the “in-between” season of winter and spring. Flashing its neon colors, Pericallis will be the star of the show when most everything else is drab and dormant.
In north Texas, plant with caution if temperatures are going to drop below 35°. Rich, moist, well-drained soil is required along with indirect sun to bright shade. Mix and mingle the eye-catching flowers with bright mixed primula, white alyssum, trailing pansies, spring bulbs, and colorful osteospermums. Come April, Pericallis begins to fade as temperatures reach the mid 80’s. Dig them up and replace with more heat-loving annuals for late spring or early summer color.
The odds are in favor of hitting the jack pot with Pericalli’s neon bright blue, magenta, and violet solid and bi-colored flowers!