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Products > Coleonema pulchellum 'Dark Pink'
Coleonema pulchellum 'Dark Pink' - Dark Pink Breath of Heaven
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Rutaceae (Citrus)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Rose Pink
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Height: 4-6 feet
Width: 4-5 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Coleonema pulchellum 'Dark Pink' (Dark Pink Breath of Heaven) - A medium to large-sized billowy shrub to 6-10 feet tall and as wide with aromatic soft needle-like leaves and small star-like dark pink flowers spring through the fall. These flowers are much deeper than other forms of this species that are grown and, like these others, the flowers are held at the ends of slender branches that move with the wind. Larger and more upright than the white breath of heaven, Coleonema album. Best in full sun to part shade with regular watering although it can be surprisingly drought resistant once established. Avoid heavy soils unless on a slope and do not over water. It is hardy to about 20 degrees F and tolerates near coastal windy conditions. A great plant along pathways so that strollers will brush the foliage and bring out its fragrance. This plant is found growing naturally along coastal flats from sea level to about 500 feet in elevation from Knysna to Port Elizabeth in South Africa. The name for the genus come from the Greek words 'koleos' meaning "a sheath" and 'nema' meaning "a thread" or "filament" because the filaments of the sterile stamens are enclosed within a fold of the petals. The specific epithet is the Latin word meaning "pretty". This species has long been sold in the California nursery trade as Diosma pulchrum or Coleonema pulchrum but the true Coleonema pulchrum was originally described with larger leaves and the plant in wide cultivation is all considered to be Coleonema pulchellum. This dark flowered form originated as a sport at a cut flower farm and came to us from Obra Verde Nursery in north San Diego County. We also grow a compact form of this species Coleonema pulchellum 'Compact Form' and a golden foliage form Coleonema pulchellum 'Sunset Gold' as well as the white flowering species Coleonema albumThe information about Coleonema pulchellum 'Dark Pink' displayed on this page is based on research conducted in our library and from reliable online resources. We also relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we visit, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments we receive from others, and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share cultural information that would aid others in growing it.