An electric blue if I’ve ever seen one ! Thank you Shutterstock!
Cineraria falls under the Pericallis genus, which includes the daisy. Composed from the Greek – peri meaning around and kallos meaning beauty.
It is a member of the Aster family (Asteraceae), closely related to ageratum, gerbera daisies, straw flowers, and sunflowers. It is made of composite flowers. This means the actual floral head is made of many individual flowers grouped into in one. What we think of as petals are actually each a complete individual flower.
Where did it evolve ?
Cineraria is a hybrid of two pericallis species native to the Azores, Madeira, and the Canary Islands. These are Pericallis cruenta and Pericallis lanata. It thrives on the cool ocean cliffs that overlook the Atlantic Ocean. Hence, why they like cool weather and do poorly in the heat of summer. They were created by the British Royal Gardens in 1777.
While we know the plant as Cineraria, the actual genus Cineraria refers to an unrelated group of South African flowers.
A few favorites
Known mainly for its vivid shades of cobalt blue – it does also come in shades of amethyst, ruby, and coral. Take a look for yourself !
Amethyst it is ! Thank you Unsplash !
Fuscia ! Thank you Shutterstock !
Red for sure ! Thank you Pexels !
A slamming pink ! Thank you Shutterstock !
There are so many colors available – with endless shades and hues.
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Article written by our Staff Horticulturist, Peter B Morris, BSc, MSc, MBA