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Mountainlion48
Aug 8, 2013 8:09 PM CST
is calceolaria mexica tolerant of wind?
Name: Myriam
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bonitin
Aug 9, 2013 4:09 AM CST
Hi Moutainlion, Welcome!

I have grown the annual Calceolaria mexicana last year, it is a great plant for damp and shady places, but mine was not exposed to strong winds, It looks a rather delicate plant so I doubt it would tolerate lots of hard winds..
Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
Aug 9, 2013 4:44 AM CST
I found them to be sturdier than I'd thought they would be. I had several plantings the last two years in different parts of my yard.

1) Hot blazing sun from late morning to mid-evening during a high temperature, drought-stricken summer (last year) produced a shorter plant, but it still had some blooms. This area was unprotected from extremes, but we don't really get all that much wind while these are growing.

2) Some protection from the southwest sun and wind by shrubbery and mid-size ornamental grasses produced the fullest plants with the most blooms.

3) On the deck in a shallow container with sun until evening and packed with too many other plants produced tall plants that weren't as visually appealing, but they still bloomed quite well. This is a self-seeded plant, growing this year.


It's a very easy plant to germinate and grow, and it self-seeds politely. A little protection from extremes just produces a bigger plant with more blooms.


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Name: Myriam
Ghent, Belgium (Zone 8a)
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bonitin
Aug 9, 2013 5:40 AM CST
Great to know Chelle it is tougher than i thought! Thumbs up
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Aug 9, 2013 6:07 AM CST
They truly are! This is the cast-off container that it seeded itself into this year. Rolling on the floor laughing I didn't intend to plant in this container because I thought it was too shallow to support plants well. I noticed those distinctive leaves in a few spots this spring and thought I'd get around to moving them out, but I never did. *Blush*


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Not a perfect-looking plant with it's leaves showing stress like that, but the blooms are still pretty. Smiling

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Name: Myriam
Ghent, Belgium (Zone 8a)
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Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Frogs and Toads Plant Identifier
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bonitin
Aug 9, 2013 6:37 AM CST
Sure the blooms are pretty Chelle! I have a mostly shady garden and was happy with the flowers lighting up like little fairy lanterns. Smiling

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