Browallia, also known as Amethyst Flower or Sapphire Flower, is a genus of flowering plants that belong to the family Solanaceae. This plant is native to tropical regions of South America and is known for vibrant blue flowers that bloom profusely during the summer and fall months. Browallia is typically a compact plant, ranging in height from 8 to 16 inches, making it suitable for containers, borders, or as a ground cover in garden beds.
How To Grow and Care For Browallia
- Planting: When planting, space the plants according to their mature size, typically around 12 to 18 inches apart. Plant Browallia in the spring after the danger of frost has passed.
- Sunlight: Plant it in a location that receives partial to full shade, although it can tolerate some morning sun. In regions with hot climates, providing filtered sunlight or afternoon shade is beneficial to prevent stress on the plant.
- Soil: Browallia prefers a well-draining soil enriched with organic matter. Dig a hole slightly larger than the root ball, place the plant in the hole, and backfill with soil.
- Watering: Water thoroughly after planting to help the roots establish. Browallia appreciates consistent moisture but does not tolerate waterlogged soil. Applying a layer of mulch around the plants helps retain moisture, suppress weeds, and maintain a cool root environment.
- Fertilizing: Provide Browallia with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer every 4-6 weeks during the growing season. Fertilizing promotes healthy growth and enhances flower production.
- Pruning: While Browallia is a relatively low-maintenance plant, occasional pruning can encourage bushier growth and prolong blooming. Pinch back the tips of the stems when the plant is young to promote branching.
- Pest and Disease Control: Browallia is generally resistant to pests and diseases. However, like any plant, it may be susceptible to aphids or spider mites. Regularly inspect the foliage for signs of pests.
- Winter Care: In regions with cold winters, Browallia is often grown as an annual. If you want to overwinter Browallia, consider bringing container plants indoors before the first frost.
Leaves and Flowers
The leaves of Browallia are typically dark green and have an oval or lance-shaped form. They are smooth-edged and have a glossy texture, adding a touch of elegance to the plant’s overall appearance. The foliage is generally compact and dense, providing a lush backdrop for the vibrant flowers.
The flowers of Browallia are the standout feature of this plant. They bloom profusely and come in shades of blue, purple, and white, often with contrasting yellow centers. The blossoms have a unique star-shaped form with five petals, which can grow up to an inch in diameter. The flowers’ vibrant colors and intricate shape attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies, enhancing the overall beauty of the plant.
Uses in Gardening and Landscaping
Browallia is suitable for various garden settings, including ground cover, edging plant, or in hanging baskets. Browallia’s abundant blooms create a striking display, and the plant works well as a focal point or as part of mixed plantings. It is often utilized as a bedding plant, providing continuous color throughout the growing season. Browallia’s resilience and low maintenance make it a favorite among gardeners, particularly those looking for an easy-to-care-for plant that thrives in various conditions.
Our Selection of Browallia
Due to our difficulty in finding this plant through other vendors, Martin Garden Center grows one crop of blue-blooming Browallia, Endless Illumination, in the spring. So if Browallia is your new best friend, show up to Martin Garden Center in the early spring or miss out.
Does Browallia Self Seed?
One of the benefits of Browallia plants is their ability to self-sow, which means that they can produce seeds that will germinate and grow into new plants without human intervention. This can be a double-edged sword, as Browallia can become invasive in some areas. However, self-sowing can be a great way to ensure a steady supply of new plants in the right conditions.
Is Browallia Deer Resistant?
Browallia is often considered to be deer-resistant. Deer typically avoid plants that have a strong scent, fuzzy or leathery leaves, or those with bitter-tasting foliage.