11 responses to “Iochroma australe”

  1. Tamara

    Nice Job on the Botany website

  2. Aree Lenoir

    Hi…..I love garden, tree and I have Cafe’ shop name Botany Coffee and Gallery. I thank you your idea with Photo of Botany.

  3. Rosemary

    Could you please tell me where I can obtain seeds/plants of this type. I am in Nova Scotia, Canada

  4. Rosa

    I’ve tried everywhere for this plant Iochroma Australis, do you have a source for seed, plants in Canadaa? Thanks,

  5. Daniel Mosquin

    I appreciate the comments I’ve received from other people being helpful regarding sourcing this plant.
    However, I’ve not allowed two comments that have suggested a popular online store as a source of the seeds. My understanding (from others) is that some people find a demand for something like the seeds of this plant, locate some, put it on the auction site (that ought to be hint enough), and then push the sale anonymously in the places where they first noticed the demand. I’m not accusing either of the two commenters of participating in this, but I want to point out my perspective on the matter.
    Personally, I’d try to find a source for the plant that sells at a set price and can meet the demands of many, rather than a source that profits off of rarity and “Tulipmania”.

  6. Nathalie

    I agree with that last comment. I saw a 10 seeds packet going up 60$+. You do not even know if they are fresh. Plant in a 1 gallon pot should not cost more than that, even ordered from the USA, that speaks by itself.

  7. Lulu

    I recently purchased (April/May) this and a plum coloured Iochromia plant, from Brugmansia Quebec. The plants are planted in the ground, and are now 2 1/2-3′ tall; they’re very strong and healthy, so, expecting blooms anytime now.

  8. Enidan

    This plant is easily grown from cuttings. If you take a longish piece and place it in ordinary seed raising mix having been dipped in some kind of hormone rooting powder first and the pieces around 6 inches long, it will take off. Also you can start pieces in water, but not tap water – if you use tap water let it stand for 24 hours to get rid of all the stuff they put in it these days. Better yet, collect rainwater and change the water daily. Once the little nodules form on the base of the plant, put it in compost and allow it to grow on for a year before planting out. I live in Eire and it survives our cold winters.

    1. Rupert Rankin

      A white-flowered australe transplant (from seed of a blue) in a garden near Sneem in Co Kerry, survived a dozen frosty winter days over a number of years making a decent sprawly bush when I last saw it, but patchy flowering. That garden gets frequent cloudy summer days.

      A blue sister plant from that sowing in London (UK not Ontario) has made a broad dome 3.5m across that you can walk under. Flowering is in a main flush in late spring, then here and there on current tips until November.

      I remember they were easily raised with interesting variations, eg some having attractive leaf-marginal undulation. I rate this Iochroma as a foliage plant, for sure.

      https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1744-7348.1967.tb04416.x suggests that of the many viruses that affect Solanaceae, those tested were found to be transmitted through seed to infect between 10% and 100% of the progeny. So, seed-raising would not simply ‘press the reset button’ and clean up the viral load on these beautiful and under-used shrubs. But it might, with care, result in some more vigorous and better-flowering plants which could be worth sending out via cuttings for others to enjoy.

  9. Knit1Curse1

    I have found seeds for sale at this location. Sometimes seeds are available on ebay also from a couple of sellers

  10. Rupert Rankin

    Could be some seed sources list the plant as Acnistus australis?

    In North America in places you can grow Lilium canadense easily (ok so it comes up in your veg patch as a weed..) these two should make a pretty picture

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