Incarvillea sinensis 'Cheron Pink'
Common Name: incarvillea
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Bignoniaceae
Zone: 5 to 7
Height: 0.75 to 1.50 feet
Spread: 0.50 to 1.00 feet
Bloom Time: June to September
Bloom Description: Pink
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Medium
Suggested Use: Annual
Flower: Showy

Culture

Best grown in sandy, medium moisture, well-drained loams in full sun to light shade. Appreciates some part afternoon shade in hot summer climates. Winter mulch is advisable if grown as a perennial. 'Cheron Pink' is usually grown as an annual. When grown from seed, it begins producing flowers after 10 weeks with continued flowering to fall.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Incarvillea sinensis, commonly called incarvillea, is a caulescent annual or perennial herb that is native to Asia. It typically grows 1-2' tall on stems clad with fern-like, 2-pinnately parted leaves (to 5" long). Red to reddish-purple to rose-pink flowers in panicles bloom throughout summer.

Genus name honors Pierre d'Incarville (1706-1757), French missionary in China and botanical correspondent of the great botanist Bernard de Jussieu.

Specific epithet means Chinese.

'Cheron Pink' features pink trumpet-shaped flowers (to 1.5" long). It typically grows to 10-20" tall.

Problems

No serious insect or disease problems. Watch for slugs.

Garden Uses

Best as an annual for borders and containers. Rock gardens. Greenhouses.