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Persian Carpet Flower Profile

Written by Iris

Aug 31 2021

Persian Carpet Flower Profile
Persian Carpet Flower (Edithcolea grandis), this exotic Flower is presented in a perfectly symmetrical pattern. Persian Carpet Flower (Edithcolea grandis) grows moderately and is easy to place in a pot on a windowsill. In summer, Persian Carpet flowers form on stem tips followed by bristles. This drought-tolerant succulent is a low-maintenance plant for any bright window and can tolerate extreme dryness.

Persian Carpet Flower (Edithcolea grandis) Picture

 Persian Carpet Flower

Persian Carpet Flower (Edithcolea grandis) Info

Scientific Name Edithcolea grandis
Common Name Persian Carpet Flower
Hardiness Zone 10
Bloom Season Summer
Sun Requirement Full Sun, Partial Sun
Grows to 4-6"
Minimum Temperature Indoors 45
Plant Type Good for a Hanging Basket
 

Ecological Habits of Persian Carpet Flower (Edithcolea grandis)

Edithcolea grandis is a succulent plant with extraordinary flowers, commonly known as the Persian carpet flower. The putrid smell of flowers attracts flies and other insects for pollination. Persian Carpet Flower (Edithcolea grandis) is occasionally grown as an ornamental plant in desert gardens around the world. The Persian Carpet flower has a reputation as a particularly difficult plant to raise due to its very specific growing needs, abundant light and relatively high winter temperatures (above 60 °F / 15 °C). Persian Carpet flower (Edithcolea grandis) is very easy to rot in low temperatures. Persian carpet flower (Edithcolea grandis) is known to be native to Africa (mostly around Dijibouti, Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, and Tanzania) and Asia (around Yemen).
Persian Carpet Flower

Persian Carpet Flower (Edithcolea grandis) Distribution Area

Edithcolea is a monotypic genus with a single species Edithcolea grandis, also known as the Persian carpet flower. The genus is named after Miss Edith Cole (1859-1940). In 1895, during a plant expedition (1894-1895) led by Mr. Ethelbert Edward Lort Phillips (1857-1944) from Berbera to the Golis Mountains in northern Somalia, Together with Madame Lort Philips, she collected material typical of the plant.

How to Grow and Care for Persian Carpet Flower (Edithcolea grandis)

How to Care for Persian Carpet Flower (Edithcolea grandis)

Light Care
Persian carpet flower (Edithcolea grandis) is not a good plant for low-light environments, so it will not thrive in all indoor Spaces unless you are willing to provide it with growing lights. Windows facing south will provide the most light, but in some cases, Windows facing east or west can also be used.
Soil Care
As the Persian carpet flowers’ roots are shallow, use a juicy mixture or add extra perlite or pumice to your regular soil potting soil. A sandy, well-drained compost is appropriate, and an earthenware pot can help the Persian carpet flowers dry out between watering. Persian carpet flowers don't require much substrate.
Water Care
Persian carpet flower (Edithcolea grandis) needs to be watered moderately throughout the growing season, but enjoy plenty of water and some fertilizer in hot weather, and let them dry before watering again. This helps Persian carpet flowers bloom freely. Water less in winter according to the temperature. But, as with most Asclepiads, it's unwise to keep Persian carpet flowers wet in cold weather.
Temperature and Humidity Care
Persian carpet flower (Edithcolea grandis) is very susceptible to rot if exposed to temperatures below 5ºC/41°F. The perfect range for Persian carpet flower (Edithcolea grandis) is between 22ºC/71°F-30ºC/80°F.
Fertilizer Care
Persian carpet flower (Edithcolea grandis) must be applied throughout the growing season, for example, from spring to late summer, and it is recommended to fertilize succulents according to the instructions on the package. It is also good to add some homemade fertilizer, such as eggshell tea or banana shell tea.
Pruning Care
Persian carpet flower (Edithcolea grandis) does not need any pruning.
Persian Carpet Flower

Uses of Persian Carpet Flower (Edithcolea grandis)

The stem of Persian carpet flower (Edithcolea grandis) is eaten as a vegetable in Ethiopia and Somalia. Persian carpet flower (Edithcolea grandis) is occasionally cultivated as an ornamental in desert gardens worldwide.

Varieties of Persian Carpet Flower (Edithcolea grandis)

There is only one known species of Persian carpet flower. It's called Persian carpet flower. It can be distinguished from the original by its stem, which is more, shorter and smaller in diameter. The stem is also often twisted in a spiral.
Persian Carpet Flower

Persian Carpet Flower (Edithcolea grandis) Common Pests/Diseases

Persian carpet flowers are highly susceptible to stem and root mealworms, whose damage is likely to trigger fungal attacks. If there are some problems with stem or base rot, you can reliably isolate the healthy parts of Persian carpet flowers, dry them, and re-root them in wet compost.