Q. Can you tell me about Creeping Gloxinia (Asarina Lophospermum)?
Creeping Gloxinia is botanically known as Asarina Lophospermum. The flowering plant is a herbaceous vine. Generally it is a perrenial vine however in a colder climatic conditions resumes its shape as an annual. A native to Mexico.
Distinguished by the elongated stems and internodal systems, Creeping Gloxinia is one of the ten species of the genus.
Asarina and all these species are a native to Mexico. The genus,Asarina is a prominent member of the figwort family Scrophulariaceae. The variety of species differ in colors, structure, height, corrolla and inflorescence. Each variety of the species display a separate mode or form of flowers, vary in nature and other factors. however most of these species thrive well in well drained, moist soils and sun.
The different varieties display a number of corolla hues ranging in colors like red, scarlet, violet, dark purple, whitish or light violet, etc. These bright and vibrant colors attract numerous birds and insects that get attracted to the sweet fragrance and colors. The fresh green foliage gives it a rich green appearance.
Growth and Care
All the Asarina species including Creeping gloxinia are a major attraction of any garden. And surprisingly these sophisticated vines don not even demand extra care. Highly adaptable root systems allows these species to flourish in the diverse climatic conditions as well. However, survival is different than being attractive and to maintain the attractiveness of the beautiful vines its necessary to provide them with the basic care and fulfill their ground needs. Growing requirements below:
Rich, well composted and fertile soil is the need of almost every plant. Creeping Gloxinia is no exception and if provided a well drained soil base, the vine grows up taking not many days to climb up the fences and the walls.
Creeping Gloxinia needs limited supply of water. Therefore keep the soil moistened but not too soggy. Extra dry and water logged conditions are a complete no-no as they hamper the strong growth of the plant. Beware, overwatering can cause root rot and crown rot diseases.
Well guarded sunlight is all that this vine needs. Neither too long hours of direct sunlight and nor too shady conditions are what will help the Creeping Gloxinia vine. but limited sunlight enhances the metabolism and nutrient suction of the plant thus showing up a direct effect on the healthy growth of the plant. Low light will lead to long spindled growth and lesser or no blooms at all.
Hope this helps.