Bejaria aestuans, Rose of the Andes

Bejaria aestuans

Rose of the Andes
Family: Ericaceae
Origin: Central America
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeFull sunRegular waterRed, crimson, vinous flowersBlue, lavender, purple flowersPink flowers

Bejaria aestuans, also known as the Rose of the Andes, is an evergreen shrub that is native to Central America and can be found at altitudes of 3,300-7,000 feet. When grown in ideal conditions and USDA zones 9-11, it can reach heights of up to 20 feet, with a spread of 5-10 feet. It blooms brilliantly colored flowers in shades of pink, blue, lavender, purple, and occasionally deep red and crimson. It is a hardy plant that requires full sun to semi-shade and regular watering to ensure that the soil stays moist.

Bejaria aestuans is an excellent choice for gardeners looking to add a burst of color to their gardens. It requires little maintenance, and can be planted in groups, as hedges, borders or focal points. When grown in a pot in colder climates, Bejaria aestuans can be brought outdoors during warm periods, when the temperatures permit and moved to a warmer location during colder months. This shrub should be placed in a sunny location and receive regular watering.

With the right conditions and care, this breathtaking flowering plant will bring plenty of color and fragrance to any given space. It needs plenty of bright light, humid conditions, and well-draining soil. Additionally, consider adding a thin layer of moss on top of the soil and agitating the roots every few weeks.

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