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Care of the plant Wigandia caracasana or Caracus wigandia.

Care of the plant Wigandia caracasana or Caracus wigandia

The genus Wigandia, family Boraginaceae, comprises 20 species of shrubs native to Central and South America. Some species are: Wigandia caracasana, Wigandia ecuadorensis, Wigandia reflexa, Wigandia imperialis, Wigandia herbacea.

Common name: Caracus wigandia. This species is native to Central America.

They are climbing or arborescent shrubs that reach 3 meters in height. They have hairy stems and large leaves (40-50 cm) alternate, with a heart-shaped base, an ovate shape and with irritating hairs. The large inflorescences have pretty 2 cm pink, lilac, purple or blue flowers. They bloom in spring and fall.

They are used to form bushy groups and as isolated specimens, especially in gardens with a Mediterranean climate.

Wigandia caracasana needs a sunny or light shade exposure, sheltered from the wind. They do not resist cold or frost.

They are easy to grow plants that need a light, well-drained soil that contains organic matter.

Water abundantly (never water) during the summer and slightly reduce watering the rest of the year.

Prune withered inflorescences.

Fertilize monthly in spring and fall with mineral fertilizer.

They can be attacked by aphids and chlorosis if there is excess moisture.

They are propagated by seeds (they do not always germinate), by division or by root cuttings in spring.

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Wigandia caracasana
Wigandia caracasana
Wigandia caracasana
Wigandia caracasana
Wigandia caracasana
 

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