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This fast-growing, evergreen shrub with its purple flowers can be planted in any soil type. It can serve as a hedge, a stand alone ornamental plant and even thrives in a pot. It can be propagated with ease and will attract insects and birds to your garden all summer long.
Summer, Autumn, Spring
Seeds must be harvested once the capsule has turned brown, and before the capsules burst open.
Seeds must be collected before the capsules (product of pollinated flower) bursts open. Collect the seed when the capsule start to turn brown. Sow seeds in a seed tray with well drained sandy soil.
Use softwood cuttings from summer growth. Place in sandy soil, use appropriate rooting hormone powder to increase success. Keep in a warm sheltered area. Roots should form within 6 weeks.
Bend branch over, remove the leaves from the part to be covered with sand and peg down if necessary. Remove branch from mother plant only once rooting has taken place and transplant in suitable soil.
Birds do not get nectar from the flowers but feed on the insects which pollinates the flowers.
Attracts useful insects
Insects, which includes several species of butterflies, pollinates the Purple bell.
It can tolerate full sun, but only for a part of the day. Make sure the soil drains well in the pot. Any size pot will do.
Prune tips of the branches at the top of the plant to allow lateral growth in the direction needed.
Tropical Africa, Kenya and eastern Uganda
Full Shade, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Dyschoriste thunbergiiflora is used mainly as an ornamental plant.
Generally pest and disease free