Does well if transported in 3 days or less at 40F. Can be shipped at 34F for 8 days with no or little loss in postharvest life.
Pericallis is from the Greek “peri” (around) and “kallos” (beauty). Often better known and more commonly listed as Senecio X hybrida. Senecio is from the Latin senex, meaning old man, said to be an allusion to the hairy base of the flower.
The Compositae or aster family is vast, with over 20,000 species, and is also one of the most developed families. It was named Compositae because the flowers are actually a “composite” of many individual flowers into one head. Hence, when children pull one “petal” off at a time, saying “she/he loves me, loves me not”, they are actually removing a complete flower, not just a petal.
A very complex species, which appears to have originated mainly from crosses between Senecio cruentus and S. heriteri.
Requires high light levels (>200 ft-c.) under interior conditions.