Type of Flower
Cineraria is now generally treated as a genus of about 50 species of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae, native to southern Africa. The genus includes herbaceous plants and small subshrubs. In the past, the genus was commonly viewed in a broader sense including a number of species from the Canary Islands and Madeira which are now transferred to the genus Pericallis, including the Florist's Cineraria (Pericallis x hybrida). The uses for Cineraria include topical application for the treatment of cataracts.
Cineraria, Senecio cruentus, have many daisy like flowers covering the top of the plant that can come in shades of dark pink, red, purple, blue, and white. The Cineraria blooms last between four and six weeks.
Cinerarias like cool temperatures around 45° to 55° F. When temperatures are to warm, above 60°, the flowers open and die quicker. Cold drafts are another possible problem for this plant. They can cause wilting or yellow leaves to develop. This plant needs consistent water and should feel moist at all times.
Cineraria need a high light area but should be away from any direct light. They also like a more humid environment. This can be achieved by placing the pot on a tray of pebbles that is filled with water.
Unfortunately, Cinerarias do not bloom again once their 6 weeks are up. They are a true annual and only flower one time in their lifespan. It is recommended to discard of the plants after flowering. The plants are grown from seed and will not be able to be leaf propagated. It is best to sow new seeds in midsummer in a cool place.