Pronounciation: An-ge-LON-e-a an-gus-ti-FOL-e-a
Sunset All (depending on use), perennial in zones 12-24, warm season annual elsewhere
USDA All (depending on use), can be a perennial in zones 9-11, warm season annual elsewhere.
Landscape Use: Warm season bedding plant for color accent, mass border planting, or container plant.
Form & Character: Evergreen, upright, regal, formal, lovely
Growth Habit: Slowly to moderate growth, typically upright to spreading with age. Eventual height is less than 18 inches.
Foliage/Texture: Sessile, lanceolate, deep green, glaborous small leaves to 1 inch in length, opposite, margins entire; medium fine texture
Flowers & Fruits: Many small axillary flowers ranging in color from white, red, through deep plum and purple; fruit inconspicuous.
Seasonal Color: Freely blooms the entire warm season in Phoenix from April to October.
Temperature: Frost and freeze intolerant, and heat loving.
Light: Full to partial sun
Soil: Tolerant of slight soil alkalinity. In Phoenix, angelonia does best when grown in an organically amended garden soil.
Watering: Regular irrigations in desert areas are imperative for survival.
Pruning: carefree, none required.
Propagation: Though seed and cutting propagation are possible, it is best to purchase angelonia in small containers and six packs from plant nuseries.
Disease and pests: None
Additional comments: Great small herbaceous annual for use in the hottest Phoenix summer gardens. There are a number of named cultivars having different flower colors. Most cultivars are patented and are thus not legally propagated except by the persons holding the patent. Patented cultivars include 'White Imperial' and 'White Mist' (both with white folwers), 'Dark Pink' (solid pink flowers), 'Purple' (purple flowers), and 'Deep Plum' (deep wine red flowers). Angelonia deserves much more attention that it has received to this point as a warm season bedding plant for hot Phoenix mesic gardens. It is good for cut flower arrangements too. There are about 30 species of angelonia native to the tropical and subtropical New World.