Diascia Plant (twinspur) profile

Written by Maggie

Mar 24 2021

Diascia Plant (twinspur) profile

Diascia, also called twinspur, a perennial herb of the family Sophora, plants 25 to 40 cm tall, slender stems, single opposite leaves, leaves triangulate oval, racemose, small flowers with two spines, colorful, red, pink, white, etc. The sowing period is in spring. Diascia is versatile and has unusual flower shapes that can be used for potting or arranging flower beds.

Diascia picture


Diascia info

Botanical Name Diascia
Common Names Twinspur
Plant Type Annual flower
Sun Full sun to part shade
Hardiness Zones 9 to 11
Flower color Pink, white, coral, orange, red, plum
Native Area South Africa
Mature size 6 to 12 inches tall and 18 inches wide

The morphological characteristics of Diascia

Diascia is a perennial herb, plant 25 to 40 cm tall, slender stems, opposite leaves, leaves triangulate oval, racemose, two small flowers, colorful, red, pink, white, etc. diascia is versatile and has unusual Flower shapes that can be used for potting or arranging flower beds. Plant height :25-35cm Crown width :30-35cm.

Diascia's ecological habits

Diascia Plant prefers full sun, or half shade.

How to grow and care for Diascia

Light Care

You'll get the most blooms by means of retaining your diascia in full sun, however in truly warm weather, the plant will do pleasant when grown in partial shade, especially afternoon shade.

Soil Care

Diascia Plant prefers a barely acidic soil pH. Something between 6.0 and 6.5 appears to be ideal. The soil needs to be fertile and well-drained.

Water Care

Diascia Plant wishes normal water, however it doesn’t like to take a seat in moist soil. If developing in a container, make positive there are right drainage holes. As an established guide, water when the pinnacle 1 inch of soil or potting combine feels dry.

Temperature & Humidity Care

Diascia Plant prefers cooler temperatures, and its vegetation quality in the spring and fall. If your vegetation begins to fade in the heat, reduce them again to a few inches and maintain them watered. They will perk lower back up when it cools off.

Diascia Plant is truly frost-tolerant and can be saved going properly into the fall. If you’re inclined to put your pots into the storage every time a challenging frost threatens, they will remain even longer.

Fertilizer Care

A time-release fertilizer looks to work best. If you decide upon hand-fertilization, don’t overdo it or you’ll get leggy plants. Leggy vegetation can be pinched lower back to hold them fascinating and full.

Growing Diascia in containers

Diascia Plant is a herbal for containers. You can fill a complete container with one range or use a single diascia as your spiller in a combined container. Diascia additionally makes a beautiful edging plant and will elegantly flop over sidewalks and partitions or all through rock gardens.


Growing Diascia from seeds

It's uncommon to locate seed for diascia, however there are some out there. Start seeds indoors, about six to eight weeks earlier than your final predicted frost. In heat climates, diascia can additionally be direct seeded. The hybrid diascia won’t develop authenticity from seed.

Diascia seed wishes to germinate, so simply press the seed firmly on the pinnacle of the soil; don’t cowl it. It’s very vital to preserve the soil moist considering there’s nothing insulating the seed. The seeds need to germinate inside two weeks.

Varieties of Diascia plant

Diascia barberae 'Blackthorn Apricot': Soft crimson flowers; acquired the Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit (AGM)

Diascia hybrid 'Dew Drops': Clear white with a yellow center, a Proven Winners plant

Diascia hybrid ‘Flirtation Orange’: Another Proven Winners plant, with gentle orange flowers

Diascia integerrima 'Pink Adobe': A tall, gentle crimson diascia that is bloodless hardy to region 5

Diascia propagation

Diascia Plant is propagated by sowing and cutting, sowing in the autumn. Cuttage can cut 5~7 CMS long branches, the first water inserted to promote long roots and then implanted in the medium. Whether sowing or cutting, the core should be plucked at the growth and development stage of seedlings, which can promote the plant type to be more prosperous.

Disease control in Diascia

Pay attention to gray mold in the rainy season and other high humidity seasons.

The garden use of Diascia

Diascia Plants can be divided into two categories according to the plant characters: erect and creeping. The height of erect varieties is about 30~40 CMS, suitable for pot and flower beds. Because the flowers are small, it is suitable to arrange around to increase the ornamental value. Stolon varieties are about 15~20 cm height, suitable for hanging pots and ground cover plants.

When Diascia Plant is used in combination potting applications, care should be taken not to overcrowd the plant to avoid disease due to poor ventilation.