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Haberlea rhodopensis 'Virginalis'

Pronunciation: ha-BUR-lee-uh roh-doh-PEN-sis
Family: Gesneriaceae
Common Name: Haberlea
Cultivar: Virginalis
Plant Type:
  • perennial
Height to: 6in (15cm)
Width to: 10in (25cm)
USDA Hardiness Zones:
  • -10 to -20ºF ZONE 5
  • 0 to -10ºF ZONE 6
  • 10 to 0ºF ZONE 7
Sun Exposure:
  • part sun
  • full sun
Bloom Season:
  • mid spring
  • late spring
  • early summer
Bloom Description: Virginalis Haberlea rhodopensis bear umbels of pure white flowers that are to 1in (2.5cm) across
Soil Type: Outdoors grow in moist but well drained, acidic to neutral, gritty, humus rich
Plant Perks:
  • Rock Garden
  • Container Gardening
Pests and Diseases: Slugs and snails
Propagation: sow Virginalis Haberlea rhodopensis seed at 55-64ºF/13-18ºC in spring. Divide or root leaf cuttings in early summer
Native to: Garden origin
Winter Sowing Zones: 5-7
Notes for Identification:

Virginalis Haberlea rhodopensis is a dense, rosette-forming perennial with obovate to ovate-oblong, coarsely scaloped leaves, 1 1/4-3in (3-8cm) long, softly hairy above and beneath.

Care: When grown indoors, grow in soil based potting mix with added grit or sharp sand and leaf mold in bright indirect light. In the growing season water freely and apply a half strength balanced liquid fertilizer monthly.  If grown in a vertical rock garden, plant on their sides to avoid water accumulation in their rosettes and on leaves.  Protect from excessive winter moisture and cold drying winds.  Avoid root disturbance once established.

 Source: The American Horticultural Society A to Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants

USDA Heat Zones (days above 86ºF):
  • 30 to 45 days ZONE 5
  • 45 to 60 days ZONE 6
  • 60 to 90 days ZONE 7
Seed photo: 0
Located in: Perennials
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