Zeltnera venusta

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Zeltnera venusta

  1. 1. Charming Centaury – Centaurium venustum ssp abramsonii (sen-TORE-ee-um ven-OOS-tum) Family: Gentianaceae (Gentian Family) Foothills of N. CA mountains, southwestern CA & Mojave desert ; common on dry slopes and flats in coastal sage scrub and chaparral, grassland, woodland and forest. Native to: annual wildflower mature height: 1-2 ft. mature width: 1-2 ft. Simple erect annual with narrow, pale-green leaves. Looks like a garden plant. Growth characteristics: Blooms late spring to summer (May to Jul-Aug). Flowers are bright pink with white & yellow center, solitary at ends of branches. Flowers have lovely colors and are trumpet shaped with spreading petals. Very showy. Blooms/fruits: Uses in the garden: Most effective massed in flowers beds or pots. Can be used to give a touch of color in the fronts of beds, along wall or walks, in rock gardens. native grasses. Would be great in pots & planters. Great with other wildflowers and Sensible substitute for: Non-native gentians, carnations. Attracts: Good bird habitat: provides seeds. Requirements: Element Sun Soil Water Fertilizer Other Requirement Full sun to light shade Any local texture, pH Requires some spring/summer water (Zone 2 or 2-3); no water after flowering to encourage seed set. none Management: Probably easy. Needs adequate water until starts to flower. Propagation: from seed: in pots or prepared ground in spring. Plant/seed sources (see list for source numbers): 8 1/9/07 © Project SOUND

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