Spanish Shawl

4 Aug

Spanish Shawl (Heterocentron elegans) evergreen, low spreading growth to 2-3 inches in height with 2-3 ft. spread, 1 inch magenta flowers spring and summer, sun to light shade, regular water, cascades.

Colorful Mexican and Guatemalan native formerly known as Schizocentron elegans. Grows just 2–4 in. high, 1 1/2 ft. wide, with creeping, vinelike habit. Glossy, oval evergreen leavesmay take on reddish tones as the season advances. In summer, inch-wide magenta flowers appear among the leaves; calyxes remain after blossoms have withered. When used as a groundcover, blooming plants look like a carpet of bright bougainvillea. Great in hanging baskets. Needs frost protection inZones 15, 16, 18–20. Best in partial shade but tolerates full sun (in cooler climates) as wellas full shade. Protect from snails and slugs.

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