Name: Lophospermum – Lofos®Compact Rose sometimes called creeping gloxinia
Type of Plant: Trailing plants for sun to part-sun – they are perennial in Zone 9 or 10 (tropical) but annuals in the Northeast.
Why I Love This Plant: It’s great to have some new choices in plants that trail without getting really huge. And when those “spillers” also have flowers, it’s a winner!
I got this plant from the people Suntory this year and I used it with some other plants in a hollowed-out tree trunk that I’ve filled with potting soil. It’s grown about 2 feet long this summer, and has flowered continuously without deadheading.
A Word to the Wise: This plant is native to the mountains of Guatemala and Mexico. In the wild the flowers are red, violet and purple, and are pollinated by hummingbirds. As gardeners, we have access to several colors of flowers and hybrid plants that are the perfect size for containers.
Plant Lofos in new potting mix with some time-release fertilizer for a trouble free, cascading plant all summer and into the fall.