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Freylinia undulata

   (Family: Scrophulariaceae)
   
English: Mauve honey bell bush  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Shrub
Height: 2m
Rarity Status:
Common
   
Preferred rainfall: Winter
Preferred position:
Full Sun
 
Flowering time EDIT
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flower colours
 
Purple
Flower shape
 
  Flower info
  Beautiful bell or tubular shaped mauve flowers
 
 
Leaf shape EDIT
Leaf margin
Leaf texture Hairy
 
  Leaf info EDIT
  Evergreen
  The leaves are oval, sparsely hairy with an undulating margin.
 
 
 
  Seed info EDIT
 
 
 
Description EDIT
The mauve honey bell is an erect sparingly branched woody shrub, which grows to a height of 2m. The shrub bears beautiful bell or tubular shaped mauve flowers at the tips of the stems.
Growing EDIT
The plant is easily grown from cuttings. Semi mature cuttings can be taken either in autumn or spring. A rooting hormone is used to stimulate root development. Place the cuttings in a propagation media of 50% bark and 50% polystyrene and then placed in a mist unit with under bench heating of about 24 C, if such facilities are available. The home gardener should apply their usual techniques for taking cutting . Plant in well- drained medium and keep damp, but not wet in a warm, but not directly sunny spot. The cuttings will root in about 4 weeks in the mist unit and once rooted the cuttings must be hardened-off for 3 weeks before being potted. Plant in well-drained potting soil.

Once the cuttings have been potted they will need to be placed under a shade net for 2 weeks before being exposed to the direct sunlight. A monthly feeding of an organic based fertiliser can be used to help with the growth of the plant.

The shrub will need regular pruning to keep it tidy. Make sure the soil it is planted in is well drained and enriched with compost. Freylinia undulata must be watered well in winter and spring if grown in a the summer rainfall region.
Distribution EDIT
Grows in Renosterveld and is distributed from Vanrhynsdorp in the west to Mossel Bay in the east. The habitat consists of sclerophyll shrublands and the plants occur in full sun often on rocky (shale) slopes.
History EDIT
Uses EDIT
The shrub is suitable for a garden in a mixed border. It can be planted among other shrubs with similar height and growth habits.
Ecology EDIT
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