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Plant description:

A medium- to large-sized bushy shrub with large, dark green leaves. It bears showy, fragrant, white flowers in dense, compact sprays during summer. Flowers have purple markings in the throat. The seeds burst open with an explosive crack, hence the common name ‘pistol bush’. It prefers damp conditions. Good in a background shrub border, in semi-shaded positions.

Family: Acanthaceae

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Botanical name

Duvernoia adhatodoides

Plant Care

Size

Categories

Flowers

January February October November December This plant carries showy, fragrant white flowers borne in summer. The flowers have purple markings in the throat.

Common name(s)

Pistol bush

Origin

Foliage

This plant is large-foliaged.

Uses in landscape design

This is very good for the background of the shrub border, especially in semi-shaded positions.

Planting instructions

Planting: Prefers deep soil rich in organic material and damp conditions. Dig a hole 60cm square and deep. Mix two thirds of the topsoil with one third compost in the bottom of the hole, add one cup of bone meal or superphosphate and mix well.
Watering and feeding: Water regularly, and feed in spring with a general fertiliser. Keep well mulched with compost.
Pruning: Not necessary, except for occasional shaping.

Other languages

Pistoolbos (A) Ihlwalane (Z) Uthabe (Z) Isipheka (X)

January February October November December
This plant carries showy, fragrant white flowers borne in summer.
The flowers have purple markings in the throat.

This plant is large-foliaged.

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