PlantsAngelonia→Angelonia (Angelonia angustifolia Serena™ Purple)

Trade name information:
Series: Serena™
Trade Name: Purple
Cultivar name: 'PAS394030'
Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 12 - 18 inches
Plant Spread: 12 - 14 inches
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Purple
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Awards and Recognitions: Texas Superstar®


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Posted by JuniperAnn (Coastal TX (Sunset 28/31) - Zone 9a) on Apr 21, 2019 4:10 PM

A lovely annual for growing in pots or raised beds with light soil.

This plant is hardy here in zone 9a, but I don't recommend growing it as a perennial. The flower spikes die at the lightest frost, and it stays ugly and dead-looking until the next warm spell brings another flush of flowers. With so many evergreen options in the sub-tropics, there's no reason to be staring at ugly brown twigs 1/3 of the year.

Also, the roots will not penetrate clay soil at ALL. I wondered why this supposedly drought-tolerant plant got drought-stressed so easily. After growing several plants for two years in a raised bed of amended clay soil, I pulled them up. They slipped right out of the original planting holes as though from pots. Not one root had left the original potting soil, even though I had cut any circling roots before planting. That's a new one to me.

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