What is Cineraria?
Cineraria are small flowering houseplants. Many ornamental plants fall under Cineraria. They are perennials with different characteristics such as flowering, growth habit, requirements for cultivation and plant hardiness.
Therefore, different cineraria have differing plant descriptions and scientific names essential in selecting the right plant to grow home indoors or on your landscape. The plants are beautiful and available mostly in early spring and late winter for purchase.
A typical cineraria plant is compact with tight flower bunches that resemble petite daisies. The flowers have large dark green leaves surrounding them. The flowers of Cineraria can be blue, red, purple or white. Every flower features an 'eye' at the center with a small, white ring circling it.
Cineraria Plant with Beautiful Red/White Flowers
The fragile perennial plants can be grown indoors or outdoors as annuals. In the former case, they bloom for just 30 days. They grow up to 15 to 20 inches in height. Indoor cineraria plants are grown outdoors or thrown away once they die.
The best cineraria plants are bought with many buds to ensure they bloom for longer. However, the houseplants are poisonous and must be kept away from kids and pets.
Florists use Asteraceae, a composite family, and the Senecio genus plant species to develop cineraria. Available as greenhouse varieties such as the S. cruentus and gardening species such as the dusty Miller.
Unlike garden cineraria species, greenhouse varieties are compact and dwarf with large, clustered flowers. They can also be tall with larger, more stellate flowers in small, spread out clusters, atop being shaped like stars. Although cineraria are generally grown from seeds, they're often bought as potted plants available in varying colors.
Cineraria belongs to the sunflower family. It includes sub-shrubs and herbaceous plants. It is believed to have originated from Southern Africa. It does well in plant hardiness zones 8 to 10.
Cineraria is a medicinal herb used for its therapeutic benefits. leaf extract from this plant is ophthalmic. It increases blood flow in the eye area, clears infections and strengthens resistance. Moreover, extracts from the plant can help with conjunctivitis treatment and cataracts removal.
When applied on the skin, the plant extract is mildly irritating. It is also poisonous as it contains pyrrolizidine alkaloids, a toxic substance. Therefore, it's only used topically and should be kept away from kids. It can also be used as a dwarf wind break plant.
Grow Cineraria at Home
Cineraria group of plants bloom into beautiful flowers, making them perfect for indoor or outdoors use. A shovel and grow pots are required to grow the plants at home. The plant can be propagated from seeds, cuttings or even root divisions.
Potted Cineraria Plant
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