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Care of the plant Iochroma cyaneum or Violet Churur.

Care of the shrub Iochroma cyaneum or Violet Churur

The genus Iochroma, family Solanaceae, comprises 30 species of shrubs and trees native to South America. Some species are: Iochroma cyaneum, Iochroma fuchsioides, Iochroma grandiflorum, Iochroma warscewiczii, Iochroma lehmannii.

Common names: Violet Churur, Purple Tube Flower, Blue Trumpet Flower,Mini Angels Trumpet. This species is native to Colombia and Ecuador.

They are fast-growing shrubs that reach 3 meters (9.84 feet) in height. On its slender branches appear the evergreen leaves that are pointed, lanceolate, hairy and grayish-green. The flowers, blue-purple or violet, appear in dense clusters. They bloom in summer and fall, although they can do so throughout the year.

They are used as an indoor or greenhouse plant in large pots, to form groups and as isolated specimens.

The Iochroma cyaneum needs a full sun or semi-shade exposure and protected from the wind. The temperature should not be less than 6 ºC (42.8 ºF).

They can grow in any type of soil but prefer that it contains organic matter and is well drained.

Water abundantly during the summer and slightly reduce watering the rest of the year.

Prune intensively after flowering to maintain a compact appearance. The sap of these plants is toxic on contact with the skin; protect your hands with gloves.

Fertilize every 15 days with mineral fertilizer during the summer.

They propagate from cuttings in summer.

Images of the shrub Iochroma cyaneum or Violet Churur

Iochroma cyaneum
Iochroma cyaneum
Iochroma cyaneum
Iochroma cyaneum
Iochroma cyaneum