Iochroma australe is another outstanding and gorgeous perennial from Central America. This rare relative of the Angel Trumpets (Brugmansia) has smaller leaves and flowers, but is just as spectacular. A gem that blooms from spring through summer, the Alba variety bears inch-long, pendant, flaring bell-shaped flowers that are a wonderful pure white. In full bloom, Acnistus australis is pretty breathtaking as flowering is so dense and abundant that it is totally smothered. Hardy from zone 9 onwards. 6 feet tall and wide. Full sun to part shade. Average garden soil. Moderate water needs, do not overwater. Usually available as plants or cuttings. Very rare seeds, harvested 08/2015.
Our website for actively-growing plants and cuttings (eclecticplants.ecrater.com) is now re-opened starting 6/2/2014. Cuttings of some Iochroma species are available there.