Cistus Nursery

*RETAIL - Jovellana violacea

*RETAIL - Jovellana violacea

A small-flowered species from the wilds of New Zealand with outrageously if not screamingly colored flowers -- but that's all relative;  for New Zealand these are a light lavender.  One inch, ruffled, evergreen leaves on 3-4 ft dense shrublets.  The flowers are cupped and abundant in late winter through spring and occasionally throughout the seasons.  In most places, they are best as container plants.  In the garden, they are best suited along the Pacific coast in garden areas with low fertility where they can be kept cool and humid.  Deep shade to dappled sun.  Frost hardy to upper USDA zone 8 on the "left" side of the country.




Planting Recommendations

Under most conditions, planting directly into the garden is best. Keep in mind, that in our care, plants have been protected from intense sunlight and drying winds and would therefore require sheltered transition time in order to acclimate to such conditions in your garden.

All plants going into containers (rather than in the ground) should be potted immediately in well-drained potting mix and watered well to ensure the soil is fully moistened with no air pockets. Succulent plants abide by different rules (**see below).

Plants held for later planting are best stored in a cool greenhouse or a well-lit garage or basement, rather than in your house where conditions are likely too warm and dry.

Those plants needing time to acclimate can be set out in pots and provided some shade and shelter for the first week to allow for a successful transition.

**For cacti and other succulents, we recommend using a soil mix of less than 30% organic matter, preferably a 2-1 blend of cactus/succulent potting soil and pumice, perlite or lava rock. These plants are sensitive to prolonged heavy moisture, especially in cool/winter conditions. Keep this in mind when watering them for the first time. It is better to leave them dry in lower temperatures.

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