Rhodochiton atrosanguinea is a perennial vine with showy dark purple flowers. The vine reaches about 10 feet in cultivation. It also makes a great plant for hanging baskets. At a distance one might think that this plant is a Fuchsia. This Mexican native is truly an under-utilized plant.
Blooming Time: Spring-Fall. The pink calyx and dark purple corolla make an interesting floral display.
Culture: Rhodochiton atrosanguinea needs full sun to partial shade with intermediate temperatures. We grow ours under 28% shade all year. They need a rich well-drained soil. Our soil consists of 2 parts peat moss to 1 part loam to 1 part sand or perlite. The soil should be kept moist at all times. Fertilize monthly in the growing season with a balanced fertilizer diluted to ½ the strength recommended on the label. The plant responds well to trimming. Trim to a manageable size after blooming.
Propagation: Rhodochiton atrosanguinea is propagated by cuttings, layers or by seed in the spring. Seeds need light to germinate. Germination is slow, taking 14 to 45 days at 70 degrees.
Rhodochiton atrosanguinea was featured as Plant of the Week September 1-7, 2000.
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