The most recent name for Rhodanthe
manglesii, a native annual of Australia with ever
The plant reaches one and a half feet, with oval
leaves, and flowers, about one and a half inches
across, of bright pink with yellow bracts.
Var. maculatum has its bracts spotted with carmine.
Although this is the most important species two
others may be mentioned.
Helipterum humboldtianum (syn. Helipterum sandfordii) is of similar
height with long and narrow leaves covered with
white tomemtum, and small heads of yellowish-green
flowers in clusters.
Helipterum roseum (syn. Acroclinium roseum) reaches two
feet, with fine lance-shaped leaves, and two-inch
flowers of rose or white, borne singly.
Best treated as half-hardy annuals, except in
the most favoured climates, and sown under glass
in March or April, the seedlings being pricked
off and planted where they are to flower, when
risk of frost has passed in May or early June.
If cloche protection can be afforded they may
be sow n where the plants are to flower.
Propagation is from seed.
The flowering season is in summer.