Variegated Lemonia, Ravenia Spectabilis (Pink) – Plant
An exotic and rare plant, Lemonia is a large shrub with bright dark pink flowers. The flower petals have a grainy and hard texture. The flowers have a curious flattened appearance. Leaves are divided into three leaflets which are elliptic, dark green and glossy. Prefers semi-shade conditions and regular watering. Great butterfly attractor. Though it is known to grow to a height of 3-5 metres, it is mostly maintained as a shrub. It is especially attractive when grown in shrubby groups.
Ravenia spectabilis is a rare flowering shrub. Leaves are alternate or opposite, simple or trifoliate, oblong or elliptic-lanceolate, acute or obtuse at apex, base acute, glabrous and glossy, lateral nerves obscure, sessile. Flowers often 2 or 3 on axillary peduncles, sometimes solitary. The calyx consists of 3-5 distinct or basally connate sepals. Corolla dark pink, lobes 5, with a distinct midrib. The stamens connate, obdiplostemonous, with the outer whorl opposite the petals. The pistil 2-5 or more carpels, often connate at base 2-5 or more locules, each with 1-several axile ovules.
Care for Lemonia, Ravenia Spectabilis
Sunlight: Lemonia spectabilis requires warm temperatures, and a location that is partial shade also works out. It requires regular but controlled watering.
Location: Lemonia spectabilis are not too hardy shrub and do not tolerate cold temperature.
Propagation from cuttings. Fertilize once in 4 months. You can mulch with fallen leaves and flowers of Lemonias. Hardly any pest attacks were noticed. Requires well-drained soil.
Pink Ravenias can be used as a hedge, border plants. It looks beautiful if planted along the walls and buildings.