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Care of the plant Pterocephalus dumetorum or Canary Shrub Scabiosa.

Care of the plant Pterocephalus dumetorum or Canary Shrub Scabiosa

The genus Pterocephalus, family Caprifoliaceae, includes 25 species of shrubs and herbaceous plants native to the Mediterranean region, Central Asia, Macaronesia and Africa. Some species are: Pterocephalus dumetorum, Pterocephalus lasiospermus, Pterocephalus spathulatus, Pterocephalus arabicus, Pterocephalus perennis.

Common names: Canary Shrub Scabiosa, Mountain scabious. This species is native to the Canary Islands.

They are highly branched compact evergreen shrubs that reach 1.5 meters in height. The leaves are light green and oval or lanceolate in shape. Most interesting are the abundant pink flowers that bloom during the spring.

These plants are very suitable for use on rockeries, sunny slopes, bushy groups, as isolated specimens or in pots and planters.

Pterocephalus dumetorum needs full sun exposure and warm weather. They do not resist frost or cold below 10 ºC.

They grow on stony soils but prefer well-drained soils that contain organic matter. The transplant is done in early spring.

Water regularly in spring and summer waiting for the substrate to be dry. Reduce watering in fall and water occasionally in winter.

Fertilize in late winter with compost or manure.

Prune lightly after flowering to remove faded flowers and maintain a compact appearance.

They are resistant plants to the usual pests and diseases.

They are propagated from seeds sown in a seedbed at 18-20 ºC in a slightly humid and well-drained substrate.

Images of the plant Pterocephalus dumetorum or Canary Shrub Scabiosa

Pterocephalus dumetorum
Pterocephalus dumetorum
Pterocephalus dumetorum
Pterocephalus dumetorum
Pterocephalus dumetorum
 

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