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Whitfieldia longifolia - Plant

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Whitfieldia elongata, Whitfieldia longiflora, Ruellia longifolia
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Spires of pure white flowers rise above the dark green foliage with periods of heavy bloom that almost engulf the plant. The 1" flowers are comprised of a pure white calyx and a protruding white bloom.

Common name: Whitfieldia elongata, Whitfieldia longiflora, Ruellia longifolia
Color: Purple-blue
Bloom time: June to August
Height: 1.00 to 2.50 feet
Difficulty level: easy to grow

Planting & Care
Enrich the soil with leaf mold or well-rotted organic matter to encourage good drainage. Dig a hole 2 to 3 times as deep as the bulbs are high and set the bulb in the hole pointy side up. Fill the hole with soil and tamp gently. Space bulbs at a distance equal to 3 times the bulb’s diameter. For a good effect, plant plants in groups of 3 to 5 bulbs.

Sunlight: Full sun to part shade

Soil: well-drained soil

Water: Medium

Temprature: 13°C

Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer

Care:
  • Feed plants on a regular basis before and throughout the blooming cycle (avoid chemical fertilizers and pesticides if you’re harvesting for the kitchen).
  • Once a month between April and July, apply a balanced granular fertilizer (5-10-5 or 5-10-10).
  • Allow ¾ to 1 cup for each bush, and sprinkle it around the drip line, not against the stem.


Special Feature:
Rock gardens or border fronts. Containers. Edging.
Use
Culinary use:
  • leaves

Ornamental use:
  • The plant is used for ornamental purpose.


Note:
No serious insect or disease problems. Root rot may occur in overly moist soils. Watch for slugs and snails. Plants emerge late in spring.

Reference:
http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/ http://www.flowersofindia.net/

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