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Incarvillea, a hardy flower for ornamental beds and pots


Incarvillea is a flower that is both hardy and very ornamental with beautiful rosettes of flowers.

Key incarvillea facts:

Name: Incarvillea
Family: Bignoniaceae
Type: perennial

Height: 15¾ to 23½ inches (40 to 60 cm)
Soil: rather rich

Exposure: sunny and half-shade – Flowering: May to June

It’s easy to care for, it is often used to chase away moles… though not everyone agrees on its effectiveness!

Planting and sowing of Incarvillea

There are 14 varieties of Incarvillea, with Incarvillea delavayi being the most common.

Planting Incarvillea:

How to plant incarvilleaWe recommend planting Incarvilleas in fall.

Spring planting is possible but ensure regular watering.Dig a hole about 4 to 4¾ inches deep (10/12 cm) and maintain a spacing of 6 to 7¾ inches (15/20 cm) between each rhizome.

Sowing Incarvillea:

You can sow Incarvillea seeds in the spring, from February until May under shelter and in May-June directly in the ground.

For sheltered sowing, wait until the end of the ice saints before placing.

  • Flowering will only occur 2 to 3 years after sowing

Pruning Incarvillea flowers

No pruning is necessary.

You can remove the faded flowers as they appear, this stimulates the emergence of new flowers.

About Incarvillea

These nice little perennials offer a beautiful spring bloom that extends until early summer.

Forming pink, purple or white trumpets depending on the species, it will easily find its place in a bed, border, or planter.

Smart tip about Incarvillea

Adding some type of rich soil amendment is desirable as this plant has high nutritional needs.

Images: 123RF: anoli50, CC BY 2.0: Challiyil Eswaramangalath Pavithran Vipin
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