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Jovellana violacea - violetTeacup Flower

Jovellana violacea is an unusual rarity from Chile with colorful sprays of happy little flowers!  The plant doesn't have a common name, so i named it the violet Teacup Flower.  These sprightly blooms appear by the hundreds throughout Spring.  The fingernail-sized blooms are light-violet with festive markings of purple, yellow & red, with no two flowers having the same pattern.  This is a cool-climate species that might not thrive in warm climates.  It is very rare in cultivation, and fresh seeds are almost never seen for sale.

Jovellana violacea - violetTeacup Flower

 Jovellana is an upright, perennial bush that grows about 5 feet tall, which puts the blooms at the perfect height for viewing.  Each flower spray has 1 to 2 dozen blooms, and they completely cover the plant in Spring.  The flowers are similar to Jovellana punctata, except they are light violet instead of white.  The flower sprays would make an exotic addition to flower arrangements!  Even without blooms this is an attractive plant, with woody stems and mint-shaped foliage.  The leaves have a nice minty-spicy aroma when rubbed.

Jovellana violacea - violetTeacup Flower

The Teacup Flower comes from regions of Chile that are cool all year.  The ideal temperature for it seems to be between 40 and 80 degrees F (4-27C).  I don't know if it will thrive if temperatures regularly get above the low 80s (28C), especially if nights are warm.  It reportedly can survive a few degrees of frost, but i recommend protecting it from all frost.  The Teacup Flower grows well indoors in a pot.  It prefers partly sunny conditions.  It should be shaded from strong afternoon sun.  It likes moist, well-draining soil and regular feeding.  Over about 40% humidity is recommended.  

Jovellana violacea - violetTeacup Flower

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