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Cineraria

Group Planting

A group of cinerarias look quite stunning when in flower.
Family Asteraceae
Name Pericallis ×hybrida
Synonyms Cineraria ×hybrida
Senecio ×hybrida
Common Name Cineraria
Featured Plant December 2004
Etymology
Pericallis From Greek perikalles meaning very beautiful.
hybrida From the Latinised form of hybrid, referring to the hybrid line of breeding.

Pictures:
Bright colours
Pastel Colours
  See also:  Composite Flowers, Culture / Germination
  Buy seeds:  Seeds - Annuals, Biennials and Perennials

Cineraria is a hybrid between Pericallis cruenta and Pericallis lanata, both from the Canary Islands. It is an old hybrid, developed in the 18th century.

This half-hardy short-lived perennial is usually grown as an annual. The flowers appear in Spring and lasts through to Summer. Plants are variable and the seed from one plant can often result in seedlings with purple and blue hues, and sometimes white. Dead head and keep cool in the Summer to prolong flowering.

This plant has very few pests, apart from slugs and snails. These can be controlled by careful application of bait.

Cineraia self seeds readily. If left to their own devices, they will soon form large groups of plants that look just stunning when in flower.

The following pictures are samples of flowers from plants that I grow in my garden. There are two main groups, pastel and bright. The pastel group has white or light coloured flowers with darker markings. The bright group has bright coloured reddish purple or blue flowers, some with two-coloured flowers and a few with frilly petals.

 Bright colours



Dark Blue

Blue (Light centre)

Blue (Light centre)

Fluorescent Blue

Dark blue petals that become bright pink towards the centre gives this flower a flourescent appearance.

Blue Frills

Purple

Purple (White Centre)

Purple (White Centre)

Purple

A large purple flowering plant next to a small white one.

Companion planting

Cinerarias under planted with poached egg flower and forget me nots.

Companion planting

Cinerarias planted together with wallflowers.

 Pastel Colours



White (Pink centre)

White with yellow/pink centre.

White (Pink centre)

White (Pink centre)

White (Blue centre)

White with yellow/blue centre.

Light Blue

Light Blue

Pastel blue

Pastel Blue

Pastel Blue

Pastel Purple

Pastel purple (Frills)

Pastel Purple

Pastel Purple (Darker)

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