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Codonanthe gracilis

Pronunciation: Kod-on-an-thee grass-il-is
Family: Gesneriaceae
Common Name: Codonanthe
Plant Type:
  • epiphyte, terrestrial
  • trees, shrubs
Height to: 36"
Width to: 36"
USDA Hardiness Zones:
  • 80 to 70ºF ZONE 14
Sun Exposure:
  • part sun
Bloom Season:
  • mid spring
  • late spring
  • early summer
  • mid summer
Bloom Description: Codonanthe gracilis bears axillary cymes of 1 or 2 red or maroon spotted white flowers, 3/4" long, sometimes yellow at the bases.
Soil Type: Moist, open, moderately fertile, numus rich soil
Pests and Diseases: Mealybugs
Propagation: Divide codonanthe gracilis, or root stem tip cuttings at any time of the year.
Native to: Brazil
Winter Sowing Zones: None
Notes for Identification: Codonanthe gracilis is an epiphytic shrub with slender, prostrate or erect stems, bearing narrowly elliptic to ovate, stiffly and often sparsely hairy, mid-to deep green leaves, 1-1 1/2" long. Care: when grown indoors, grow in soilless potting mix in bright filtered light, with moderate to high humidity. Source: various sources including the american horticultural society a to z encyclopedia of garden plants
USDA Heat Zones (days above 86ºF):
  • Less then 1 day ZONE 1
  • 1 to 7 days ZONE 2
  • 7 to 14 days ZONE 3
  • 14 to 30 days ZONE 4
  • 30 to 45 days ZONE 5
  • 45 to 60 days ZONE 6
  • 60 to 90 days ZONE 7
  • 90 to 120 days ZONE 8
  • 120 to 150 days ZONE 9
  • 150 to 180 days ZONE 10
  • 180 to 210 days ZONE 11
  • Greater then 210 ZONE 12
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