Cyanotis speciosa, or Doll's Powderpuff, is an evergreen groundcover or small shrub native to South Africa that packs a punch of bold color and long lasting beauty. With its slender stems, it can reach heights up to two to five feet in height, depending on its environment and maturity, and will boast a vibrantly colored mauve, pink and blue flowers that will flowering through winter, spring and the summer months.
This plant is extremely easy to grow and will thrive in full sun to semi-shade areas with moderate water, making it ideal for a variety of gardens, landscapes, and containers, as well as being a great choice as a low growing and low maintenance option. As such, it is a popular choice for gardeners of all levels and locations, as it can grow in USDA Hardiness Zones 9-11.
Cyanotis speciosa is relatively low maintenance and easy to care for, but there are some guidelines to keep in mind for the best results. It does well in loose, well-draining soil and should be watered regularly. However, keep an eye on the soil's water content level and water sparingly in hotter and dryer climates, and less during winter. For those living in colder regions, the Powderpuff can be grown in pots and should be kept on the drier side, inside during the colder months.
As a perennial, it will generally bloom again each year, however, deadheading the flowers is recommended to encourage this process. For optimum growth, fertilizing should also be included and done with a controlled release fertilizer prior to blooming.
With its lovely mauve, pink and blue flowers, low maintenance care requirements and ease of growing, it is no wonder why Cyanotis speciosa is a popular choice of flower to much life to any garden or accent any home or lot.