I've done some posts where I mentioned my Iochroma but had not posted on it. I saw this plant for the first time last year and just had to have one. We were tossing it at work so I brought it on home. I didn't get it planted until late summer but it bloomed until frost. The hummingbirds really enjoyed it.
I was really excited to see it coming back this spring. It grew and grew but no blooms. (It's about 5 feet tall.) I tried everything to boost blooming but it refused. The other day I was looking at it and noticed buds. Then we had a couple of frosts and I figured that was it but low and behold it is now blooming. In the background you can see some frost damage.
I love the long tubular blooms and how they hang in clusters. I also bought a rose colored one this year but it didn't perform as well. Plus, Mr. big green caterpillar loves these plants.
Here's some facts:
Botanical name-Iochroma cyaneum
Native of South America and relative of the Angel trumpet
Full sun to light shade
8' Tall and 8' Wide
Hardy to 20
Shrub like in zones 9B-11
Perennial in zones 8-9
Annual in all other zones