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botanical name:
Sparmannia africana
Sparmannia africana © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  African Hemp, House Lime, African Linden
family:  Malvaceae
characteristics: shrub, evergreen
height: 6.00m
width: 6.00m
growth rate: fast
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: green
flower colour: white
main season: Summer
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: neutral
minimum temp: 7°C
USDA zone: 11 to 11
description:
Large tropical evergreen shrub. Large irregularly toothed and lobed leaves. The stems and leaves are slightly hairy. Clusters of attractive, 5-petalled, white flowers with prominent yellow and red stamens, which curiously spread out when touched.

cultivation:
Moist, well drained, fertile soil in a sunny position. Tolerates shade. Best at temperatures of at least 15°C during the growing period, but a bit cooler during winter.
Reduce watering in winter.
When growing in a container as a houseplant or under glass, the size will be restricted and can be further controlled by pruning. Container grown plants can also be moved outside in summer.

propagation:
From cuttings, which strike quite easily. Also from seed.

usage:
Conservatory or house plant, easy to grow.

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