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Gardening in the Rainy Zone.
Maurandya purpusii 'Victoria Falls'
TRAILING SNAPDRAGON, CREEPING GLOXINIA, CHICKABIDDY
syn. Asarina erubescens
Sunset zones: Not listed.
USDA zones: 9-10.
Heat zones: 10-9.
Height: 2 feet tall (60 cm).
Late spring through fall on second year plants; February sown seed begins flowering in July.
Tubular, snapdragon-like, rose-pink flowers.
Angular, bright green.
Fertile, humus rich, well-drained soil.
Fertilize plants once a week, when growing in containers, throughout the growing season.
Sow seed in February for flowers the first year and keep seed pots at 55-64°F (13-18°C). Germination in three weeks. | Root softwood cuttings in late spring.
Rainy Side Notes
Maurandya ‘Victoria Falls’ is a beautiful trailing plant, a great choice for hanging baskets and containers. Although it is a tender perennial in the Pacific Northwest, it winters over in a large pot protected by a deck cover during normal winters in my garden. Normally it is grown as an annual, or as a perennial when wintered over inside. It may be hardy to 15° F, dying to the ground after frosts and resprouting in spring, although our winter wet might kill it. It may be worth an experiment to see if it will winter over in milder areas of the Pacific Northwest.
Photographed in author's garden.
Perennials indexed by botanical names. Click on corresponding letter below.