Phyllanthus angustifolius, Foliage Flower

Phyllanthus angustifolius

Foliage Flower
Family: Phyllanthaceae
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterYellow, orange flowersWhite, off-white flowersPink flowers

This plant is native of India, thrives best in full sun and semi-shade with moderate water. It blooms all year round and bears bunch of beautiful flowers in various colors, like pink, white, off-white and yellow or orange. As expected of Indian natives, it is quite hardy and can be grown in USDA zone 9-11.

The ideal soil for Phyllanthus angustifolius is well-drained soil; preferably sandy loam or clay loam, with a pH range of 5.5-7.5. If planted in hot and dry areas, the plant will require regular watering, otherwise it is drought resistant and requires very minimum water once established. It should be fertilized with an all purpose fertilizer, once every two months during the growing season.

In cold regions, this plant should be grown in pots. It should be kept indoors during the winter months, and placed in bright, direct light indoors. It should be watered very moderately, and should be kept moist, but not wet. This plant prefers cool and humid environments, so the pot should be misted regularly. The pot should be kept outside in the summer, in a spot where it can receive full sun or semi-shade, as needed.

Overall, with minimum care and maintenance, this Phyllanthus angustifolius can make a great addition to any garden or home. It bears beautiful, colorful flowers all year round, and with pruning, it can be kept small and be grown indoors.

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