Aglaia odorata var. Gigantea, Giant Rice Flower, Perfume Flower

Aglaia odorata var. Gigantea

Giant Rice Flower, Perfume Flower
Family: Meliaceae
Origin: Thailand
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallSemi-shadeFull sunYellow, orange flowersFragrant plant

Aglaia odorata var. Gigantea has small, pungent yellow-orange flowers that are usually seen in the warmer spring months. On a settled day, their sweet perfume is often recognizable from a distance. The flowers are followed by small, round brown-black fruits that can be used for making tea.

In the proper locations in USDA hardiness zones 9-11, this plant can be grown in the ground without any special requirements. In colder areas it can be successfully grown in a container provided it is moved indoors to a warm spot during the winter. In colder climates the plant will require more attention in order to survive winter weather. In any case, the soil must be kept moist at all times and fertilizer should be added once a month during the growing season. Pruning should be done in early summer before the flowering period.

In order to maximize its beauty, Aglaia odorata var. Gigantea should be grown in full sun or semi-shade. It prefers well-draining soils and should not be over-fertilized as this will reduce its flowering ability. During the summer and fall months, it should be given a deep watering every week to keep its foliage and flowers at their best.

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