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Angelonia angustifolia 'Alonia' is a very floriferous and colourful annual to perennial plant with a nice mounding habit. It has spikes of flowers for many months in shades of white, blue, pink and purple, and can be used for cut flowers. A great bedding plant, it flowers best in a sunny area. Plant in spring into a rich soil with a good humus content. Tolerant of heat and humidity, and can take some dry periods once established. Trim back the dead flowers to encourage new growth. Mulch well to discourage weed competition, and feed with a good all purpose fertiliser.
Flower colour: pink, purple, white
Flowering season: spring summer autumn
Maximum height: 0.6 metres
Minimum height: 0.4 metres
Maximum width: 0.3 metres
Minimum width: 0.2 metres
This plant will tolerate full sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.
Yes. Attracts: Bees, insects, butterflies.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical, tropical.
Loam: moist, well-drained.
Clay: moist, well-drained.
Sand: moist, well-drained.
Planting season: Spring.
Types of fertiliser: Good all purpose fertiliser.