Pericallis x hybrida is also known as Pericallis x hybridus, Cineraria, Florist’s Cineraria, Senecio cruentus, Common Ragwort, or Senetti Cineraria. It is part of the Asteraceae family of plants. This hybrid was cultivated in England at the British Royal Gardens in 1777. It is a cross between Pericallis cruenta and Pericallis lanata. Both are native to the Canary Islands. Some varieties are sold under the name Senetti.
It is clump-forming. It is a branched, herbaceous perennial. But it is usually grown as an annual. Pericallis x hybrida foliage is dark green and ovate. It flowers with daisy-like flowers in the summer. There are a variety of colors from shades of purple, violets to reds.
How to grow Pericallis x hybrida:
Cinerarias prefer cooler locations. They prefer shade in the summer. And the light in the winter. Pericallis x hybrida grows to about 50cm or 20in tall. It is a low maintenance plant. Plant it in humus-rich, moist soil but well-drained. Place it in the sun or partial shade. When indoors water regularly.
How to propagate Pericallis x hybrida:
Propagate Pericallis x hybrida from seed sown. Cover thinly with soil mixed with sand. Or propagate from semi-ripe cuttings. Pericallis x hybrida is generally disease-free or pest-free. When grown indoors in the greenhouse, watch out for aphids, red spider mites, thrips, whitefly, leaf-mining moths, or rust.