Pericallis x hybrida is also known as Pericallis x hybridus, Cineraria, Florist’s Cineraria, Senecio cruentus, Common Ragwort, or Senetti Cineraria. It belongs to the Asteraceae family of plants. The hybrid was created in England at the British Royal Gardens in 1777 from Pericallis cruenta and Pericallis lanata which both are native to the Canary Islands. Also, some varieties are sold under the name Senetti. It is a clump-forming branched, herbaceous perennial, but it is usually grown as an annual. Pericallis x hybrida foliage is dark green and ovate. The daisy-like flowers appear in the summer in a variety of colors from shades of purple, violets to reds.
Cinerarias prefer cooler locations and prefer shade in the summer and light in the winter. Pericallis x hybrida grows to about 50cm or 20in. It is a low maintenance plant that should be planted in humus-rich, moist soil but well-drained in the sun or partial shade. When indoors water regularly. Propagate Pericallis x hybrida from seed sown covered thinly with soil mixed with sand or from semi-ripe cuttings. Pericallis x hybrida is generally disease-free or pest free but when grown indoors in the greenhouse watch out for aphids, red spider mite, thrips, whitefly, leaf mining moths or rust.