|Big hairy leaves and long-lasting flower spikes make these shrubs or trees a handsome accent for mild climates. Year-round outdoor plants in the deep South and parts of California, in colder regions their lush tropical appearance graces summer flowerbeds, containers and conservatories. The simple, flat 5-petaled flowers resemble those of their Waterleaf cousins, the Phacelias. They prefer full sun and rich, porous soil kept constantly moist. Keep winter temperatures above 45º to 50º F. Cut back to shape and control in early spring. Handle with gloves, as the leaves' lustrous hairs can irritate skin. In cold climates, raise seeds in indoor pots in late winter. After the last frost, harden in a cooler shelter for a week or two before transplanting outdoors, 5 feet apart. Can also root cuttings of new spring growth.
Leaves reach 1½ feet long, covered with yellow or tawny stringing hairs. Tubular flowers range from white to purple.
Attributes - Wigandia caracasana
Plant Type: Perennial
Bloom Season: Early Summer through Late Summer
Flower Color: Purple
Height: 10 ft. to 12 ft.
Width: 12 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Climate: Zones 10, 11
Notes: Showy Flowers.