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Glandularia Hybrida: A Guide to Vibrant Flowers for Your Garden

The Glandularia hybrida blooms from May to November. It is a perennial herb from the Verbenaceae family, suitable for growth in temperatures between 5-25°C and is native to South America. The blooms are umbelliform, with densely clustered flowers at the top. These small, fragrant flowers come in a variety of colors such as white, pink, […]

The Glandularia hybrida blooms from May to November. It is a perennial herb from the Verbenaceae family, suitable for growth in temperatures between 5-25°C and is native to South America.

The blooms are umbelliform, with densely clustered flowers at the top. These small, fragrant flowers come in a variety of colors such as white, pink, red, and bicolor. This robust plant can be used for flower beds, landscape material, or potted plants.

It is suitable for mass planting for potted ornamental purposes or for decorating balconies, garden gaps, and tree pits. The Beautiful Cherry, with its sturdy and creeping stems, makes an excellent ground cover, suitable for urban road green belts, roundabouts, sloping lands, flower beds, etc.

It can be planted either in mixed or single colors. Multicolor mixed planting can reveal its colorful charm, while single color planting can form color blocks.

Glandularia hybrida

The Glandularia hybrida, also known as Verbena hybrida Voss, is a perennial herb of the Verbenaceae family, suitable for growth in temperatures between 5-25°C. It is native to South America.

The flowering part is umbelliform, with colors in white, red, blue, snowy green, pink, etc. It blooms from May to November and is a robust plant, suitable for flower beds, landscape materials, or as potted plants. It can be planted on a large scale in suitable pots for ornamental viewing or arranging on balconies, garden gaps, and tree pits.

The entire plant can be used for medicinal purposes, having the effect of cooling the blood and clearing heat.

Morphological Features

Glandularia hybrida

The whole plant is covered with fine pubescence. The plant clusters and covers the ground, with a height of 10-50 cm, and a quadrangular stem. The leaves are opposite and deep green. The flowers are densely clustered in an umbelliform shape, with small, fragrant flowers in colors such as white, pink, red, and bicolor.

Growth Habits

It enjoys the sun, shade-resistant, cold-tolerant, and drought-intolerant. It is often cultivated as an annual herb in the north and can bloom normally in the hot summer. It grows in well-lit, loose, and fertile soil, with plentiful blooming.

It prefers a warm and humid climate, enjoys sunlight, is not drought-tolerant, and is not strict about soil requirements. However, it roots and grows vigorously in loose, fertile, and slightly moist neutral soil, with plentiful blooming. It can overwinter in Shanghai where the microclimate is warmer.

Distribution

Originally from Brazil, Peru, Uruguay, etc., it is now widely cultivated worldwide, and also introduced and cultivated throughout China.

Cultivation Techniques

Glandularia hybrida

Propagation Methods

The propagation of the Beauty Cherry primarily involves two methods: sowing and stem cutting. The germination rate of the seeds is relatively low, about 50%, and the germination is slow and uneven.

At a temperature of 15 to 17 degrees Celsius, it takes 2 to 3 weeks for seedlings to emerge. After the seeds are sown, they should be placed in a dark place. It is important to not only keep the soil moist but also maintain air humidity.

Water should not be poured directly from top to bottom. Instead, use a tray or similar container to hold about 3 to 4 cm deep water, then immerse the flower pot into it. Allow water to infiltrate from the drainage holes at the bottom of the pot.

When the soil becomes moist, remove it, otherwise the germination rate gets even lower. Sowing is usually done in the spring, and flowers generally bloom by July.

Stem cuttings can be done in May or June. When the temperature is around 15 degrees Celsius, take slightly woody branches, cut them into 5 to 6 cm long segments to use as cuttings, and insert them into a moist sand bed. Immediately shade them after insertion.

After 2 to 3 days, they can receive some morning and evening sunlight to promote growth. After about two weeks, new buds and roots will emerge. Transplant when the seedlings have 5 to 6 true leaves and are 7 to 8 cm tall.

Field Management

Glandularia hybrida

Fertilization

During the growth period, it is suitable to apply a dilute fertilizer every half a month for good development.

Watering

Since the Beauty Cherry has a relatively shallow root system, watering should be paid attention to in the summer to prevent drought. Too much or too little water during the maintenance period is not conducive to growth.

Excess water results in weak and elongated stems, reducing the amount of flowering. Insufficient water leads to poor growth and development of the plant and may cause premature fruiting.

Pest and Disease Prevention

Healthy plants have a strong ability to resist pests and diseases, and rarely suffer from pest and disease damage.

Main Value

Glandularia hybrida

Ornamental Value

The Beauty Cherry has a short and robust stem, making it an excellent ground cover material. It can be used for urban road green belts, roundabouts, slopes, flower beds, etc. It can be planted in mixed or single colors. Multicolored mixed planting can show its colorful charm, and single-color planting can form color blocks.

For example, different colors can be used for the green belts on both sides of the main road, with one color every 30 meters, like a colorful carpet. At crossroad roundabouts, planting in a ring from the inside out with different colors, creates a ground rainbow, providing an excellent visual effect.

Plant Culture

The flower language of Beauty Cherry is commitment and harmonious family.

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