INFORMATION ABOUT CHINESE TRUMPET FLOWERS…
Image by joka2000 (out) Native to Western China and Tibet, the Chinese Trumpet Flower is an elegant and exotic beauty. Like most flowers, it is known by many names – Incarvillea, Hardy Gloxinia, the Chinese Bell Flower, and of course, the Chinese Trumpet Flower.
The Chinese Trumpet Flower is a nice addition to a rock garden or border and also grows well in containers. Best grown in deep, sandy soil, this hardy perennial blooms and grows in clumps from mid-spring to mid-summer.
Trumpet shaped flowers up to 3″ bloom in clusters that cover this lovely bush-like plant. The most common varieties of the Chinese Trumpet Flower have pink or purple flowers with yellow throats and dark green foliage. Unlike most other plants, the Chinese Trumpet Flower commonly blooms before the leaves have even appeared.
The Chinese Trumpet Flower usually grows to a height of about 18″ and is hardy in zones 5-9. Spring is the best planting time and full sun to partial shade is preferred. Plants should be planted 3″ deep and 12″-15″ apart. Soil should be neutral, moderately rich, and well drained.
A little care can go a long way with the Chinese Trumpet Flower. Dead flowers should be consistently pulled off to lengthen the blooming period. And, although it may be tempting to propagate something so beautiful, the Chinese Trumpet Flower will flourish if left undisturbed.
Named after 18th century Jesuit priest Pierre d’Incarville, the Chinese Trumpet Flower is truly a beauty that will brighten up any garden!