Kailarsenia lineata, Kailarsenia

Kailarsenia lineata

Family: Rubiaceae
Origin: Thailand
Small plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeFull sunKeep soil moistWhite, off-white flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsFragrant plant

The plant is doscovered and named after Dr. Kai larsen. A rare medium size shrub with long, pointed, dark green waxy leaves and white fragrant gardenia-like flowers 3" wide, with a yellow center. Flowers look similar to gardenia vientamensis when fully open, but bigger size and have a long 2-4" tubular part (similar to G. nitida). The scent is very sweet and strong, much stronger than gardenias. This plant is a rheophyte, wich means it needs a flow of fresh water, while growing in a well-drained medium. In nature it grows in cracks of rocks in streams, in areas of deciduous woodland or dry evergreen forest.

The plant is slow growing and has compact nature. Can be grown in a pot for many years providing well-drained soil with 50 percent perlite and daily watering. Don't let root ball overdry.

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