21, Jul 2023
Cineraria Disarray Finding the Flower Vendor Blossom

Once upon a time there was a genus of plants called Cineraria. It was a surprisingly wide genus of plants, most of which came from Africa. But over time, things have changed. Some of its plants have been moved to other genera. Others were not real Cineraria species at all.

Take, for example, the Cineraria plant from the florist. It is commonly called Cineraria plant, but it is also called Crosswort. It produces beautiful daisy-like flowers on lush green foliage. But these plants are not Cineraria species at all–they are Pericallis.

Are you already confused? Don’t worry, most people are.

Today we are exploring the tangled world of the Pericallis called Cineraria. You will learn not only where the confusion comes from, but also how to care for a Cineraria plant.

This story of the Cinderella Cineraria plant will make you go from cruciferous to rich flowers in no time!

All about Zinerarian plants

There is a whole range of flowering plants called “Cineraria”. Needless to say, this creates a lot of confusion.

Although we would like to treat all Cineraria plants at once, they do not all have the same needs. So we are going to separate them a little and choose a single plant to focus on.

At one time, the genus Cineraria included a very wide range of plants. Most of them were herbaceous or small shrubs. Their origins were mainly in the cool cliffs of South Africa, some of the Canary Islands and Madeira.

The genus was quite large and, over time, a new genus, Pericallis, was created to treat certain species. Plants from Madeira and the Canary Islands have been transferred to this new genus. The same applies to some species of the genus Senecio, because this genus was also too large.

The plants, now called Pericallis, all had similarities in growth habits. The types of flowers were also similar and became popular ornamental garden plants. But since many were still called Cineraria plants, this became a common name.

Other plants of the Senecio species have been reclassified elsewhere, but confusion remains. An excellent example of this is the Senecio Cineraria plant, also called Dusty Sucker or silver cruciferous. This plant has since been named Jacobaea maritima to clear up the confusion. But there are others that still make it complex. The Centaurea cineraria plant, for example, is also called Dusty Miller. It is better known by the common name silver dust.

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