Phaedranassa cinerea, Phaedranassa

Phaedranassa cinerea

Family: Amaryllidaceae
Origin: South America
Small plant 2-5 ftFull sunModerate waterRed, crimson, vinous flowersUnusual color

It is a small shrub typically growing 2-5 ft in height and width. This species is renowned for its striking and unusual flower color. Its flowers can range from red to crimson, to vinous and are quite captivating. Phaedranassa cinerea is adapted to thrive in full sun, and prefers moderate amounts of water. It is easy to cultivate in USDA Zone 9-11 and its low-maintenance requirements make it a great choice for gardeners.

Though Phaedranassa cinerea can be grown in the ground in USDA Zones 9-11, this plant can also be grown in pots as well. Gardeners in colder regions can enjoy this captivating species in their yards as long as they provide it with the best care. When grown in pots, it is important to choose a pot that is large enough to provide adequate space for bulking of the rhizome. In addition to providing the plant with full sun exposure, the soil should be kept lightly moist. Do not overwater, as this will cause the tubers to rot. When temperatures drop in the winter, it is important to bring the pot inside or to a sheltered area to protect the rhizome from frost.

The Phaedranassa cinerea is a beguiling native of South America that is not only resistant to drought, but is also low-maintenance and unequivocally beautiful. Its bright red and vinous flowers are hard to miss and will add a bright pop of color to any garden. While this species may require a bit of extra care in colder climates, its easy cultivation requirements make it a great choice for beginner and expert gardeners alike.

Link to this plant: