Although they take a little care, Cineraria with their masses of flowers from winter to spring they are a plant that will add colour to the garden. They do like moisture, and are best in a position away from the hot afternoon sun, other than that, they are just blooming marvels.
They come in a range of colours many with pale white centres that contrast against the darker petals.
Cineraria are an annual or tender perennial flower mostly grown in pots and containers. Masses of bi coloured flowers they begin to appear in nurseries in late winter to spring.
The type readily available is Pericallis x hybrida (Senecio cruentus, x hybridus) and although colourful they are not fragrant.
Mainly grown as an indoor plant they are well suited to a position on a patio where they get shelter from frosts and cold, bright light, but not direct sun.
Fertilize every week with a diluted liquid seaweed fertiliser or use a slow release general purpose fertilizer.
Although they do not like direct sun, however very low light will inhibit flowering, very cool temperatures will cause foliage to darken. Lack of moisture and to much heat also cause problems.
Propagation is from seeds, readily available from nurseries, although as this is a long process with over 2 months from seed to flowering, most home gardeners buy them in punnets, or as established plants.