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Koellikeria erinoides , Koellikeria

Koellikeria erinoides

Family: Gesneriaceae
Origin: Costa Rica
Small plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeRegular waterOrnamental foliageWhite, off-white flowersPink flowers

Koellikeria erinoides is native to Costa Rica, generally grown in USDA Zones 9-11. It is a dense, very low-growing shrub which generally reaches between two to five feet when mature.

The plant loves to be in a spot with semi-shade, and requires regular water as long as the soil is well-draining. It finds it ideal in loose, slightly rocky soils.

In blooming season, Koellikeria erinoides bears small clusters of pink or white, off-white flowers. It's divided into several stalks, and the flowers are even tinier, but the color combination is striking and meaningful. They add an intriguing twist to any landscape layout.

The foliage of Koellikeria erinoides is ornamental as well, and its abundant green leaves are spotted with silver. It is evergreen, keeping a bright aspect all year round. This particular shrub serves very well as an edging in gardens, a foliage accent in a large landscape layout, or simply for accentuating colors of other plants growing nearby.

For those growing in colder areas, Koellikeria erinoides can be successfully cultivated in a pot and brought indoors during winter. It requires a well-draining potting mix, bright light but indirect sun, and regular watering, especially during warm weather. Fertilizing should be done in springtime. Pruning and removing dead foliage throughout the year is also a good practice to ensure the healthy growth of the Koellikeria erinoides.

Koellikeria erinoides , Koellikeria

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