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Congea velutina Congea velutina   Verbenaceae

Congea velutina,


 Congea velutina,

This species is native to southern Thailand and northern Maleysia.
It produces very freely small sprays of flowers in groups,each group being surrounded by four spreading mauve-pink bracts wich are the showy part of the plant.
It is a most usefull gardenplant and the flowers last wel in water after cutting.
When possible it can be allowed to grow into a tree and then it makes a very fine sight when in flower.
It can be pruned to keep it to a brushform but should not be pruned too frequently as this will prevent flowering.
With this treatment it makes a rather sprawling bush.