Pericallis Plant Features
The Easter-egg colors of pericallis are a joy to behold in the early spring. These easy-care flowers look terrific in containers or flower borders. Growing 8 to 12 inches tall, pericallis, occasionally called cineraria (and sometimes Senetti after some popular varieties of the plant), produces daisy-like flowers in a variety of bold shades including purple, blue, pink, rose and bi-color. Pericallis thrives in cool weather and makes a great companion for other early-birds such as pansy and sweet alyssum. Generally considered an annual, pericallis is a tender perennial in regions with cool, moist summers. The plants are also attractive to butterflies and deer resistant.
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Pericallis Growing Instructions
Pericallis is a snap to grow. It thrives in full or partial sun and prefers a rich, slightly moist soil. When grown in containers use a commercial potting soil mix. Just remember that pericallis is heat-sensitive so plant it early when the temperatures are cool--they can tolerate temperatures as low as 35 degrees F. However, the plants do not like frost so protect them if an unexpected cold snap occurs. Water whenever the soil feels dry to the touch. Hot summer weather will stop the flower show. Replace them with heat-loving annuals after they fade.
Pericallis is not intended for human or animal consumption.
Indoors: High light
Outside: Part sun
Blue, Pink, Purple, Red, Variegated
Medium water needs
Super-easy to grow
Complement your Pericallis with these varieties:
Pansy and Senetti Pericallis both look terrific in early spring baskets.
The dainty flowers of Sweet Alyssum provide a lovely contrast to the daisy-like blooms of Senetti Pericallis.
Pair the bright colors of Senetti Pericallis with the silver gray foliage of Dusty Miller.
Varieties: Our Favorites
Pericallis 'Senetti Blue'
Senetti Blue shows off rich violet-blue flowers in abundance on a mounding plant that can grow 12 to 18 inches tall and wide.Early Blossoms®
Pericallis 'Senetti Blue Bicolor'
Senetti Blue Bicolor is an outstanding variety that shows off hundreds of rich blue flowers that have a crisp white circle around the dark purple-blue center. It grows 12 to 18 inches tall and wide.Early Blossoms®
Pericallis 'Senetti Light Blue Bicolor'
Senetti Light Blue Bicolor is a mounding variety that grows about a foot or two tall and has light-blue-and-white flowers.Early Blossoms®
Pericallis 'Senetti Magenta Bicolor'
Senetii Magenta Bicolor is a heavy-blooming plant that grows about 12 to 24 inches tall and has bright magenta-pink flowers with raspberry-pink centers edged in white.Early Blossoms®
Pericallis 'Senetti Pink Bicolor'
Senetti Pink Bicolor is a lovely variety that shows off 3-inch-wide pink flowers that have a white ring around the raspberry-pink center. It grows 12 to 18 inches tall and wide.Early Blossoms®