Cupid's Bow (Achimenes)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10a -1.1 °C (30 °F) to +1.7 °C (35 °F)
Plant Height: 12 inches
Plant Spread: 12-24 inches
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Mauve
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Late fall or early winter
Underground structures: Rhizome
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Other info: from seed to flower is at least 2 years
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Other: Division of rhizomes; break into pieces one-half inch long
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

The one I call 'old pink' blooming.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Achimenes by Danita Sep 23, 2018 9:55 PM 0
Help me identify this family heirloom flower/plant... by mintmarq Aug 29, 2019 10:01 AM 6
Achimenes Rhizomes available by mcanderson Jul 30, 2019 4:58 AM 1
Does anyone know what this plant is (common name & latin)? by PandaParade Sep 24, 2018 11:53 AM 6
What is the name of this plant? by flowercode Jul 23, 2018 11:59 AM 4
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