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Rungia klossii (Mushroom plant)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.8m
Max height
0.45m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Rungia klossii

Other names

Mushroom plant

Genus

Rungia Rungia

Species

R. klossii - R. klossii is a tender, upright, bushy perennial with ovate to elliptic, glossy, edible, sometimes yellow-marked, bright green leaves and two-lipped, blue flowers blooming intermittently along a spike in summer.


Rungia klossii is: Evergreen

Fragrance

Leaves have a mushroom scent and flavour.

Habit

Bushy, Upright

Flower

Lavender in Summer; Lavender in Autumn

Foliage

Bright-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

General care

Pruning

Pinch out growing tips regularly to promote a bushier habit.

Propagation methods

Seed, Stem tip cuttings


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Where to grow

Rungia klossii (Mushroom plant) will reach a height of 0.8m and a spread of 0.45m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Conservatory, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Flavouring food and drinks, Sub-Tropical

Cultivation

In frost-free areas, grow in fertile, moist or moist but well-drained, acid soil in light shade. Tolerates full sun in fertile soil but leaves will be smaller in sun. In cold areas, overwinter indoors. Leaves are high in calcium, vitamin C, beta-carotene, and iron.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Moisture-retentive

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1), Tender in frost (H3)

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Botanical name

Rungia klossii

Other names

Mushroom plant

Genus

Rungia Rungia

Species

R. klossii - R. klossii is a tender, upright, bushy perennial with ovate to elliptic, glossy, edible, sometimes yellow-marked, bright green leaves and two-lipped, blue flowers blooming intermittently along a spike in summer.

Native to

Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Papua New Guinea

Foliage

Evergreen

Fragrance

Leaves have a mushroom scent and flavour.

Habit

Bushy, Upright


Colour

Flower

Lavender in Summer; Lavender in Autumn

Foliage

Bright-green in All seasons

General care

Pruning

Pinch out growing tips regularly to promote a bushier habit.

Propagation methods

Seed, Stem tip cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Rungia klossii (Mushroom plant) will reach a height of 0.8m and a spread of 0.45m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Conservatory, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Flavouring food and drinks, Sub-Tropical

Cultivation

In frost-free areas, grow in fertile, moist or moist but well-drained, acid soil in light shade. Tolerates full sun in fertile soil but leaves will be smaller in sun. In cold areas, overwinter indoors. Leaves are high in calcium, vitamin C, beta-carotene, and iron.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Moisture-retentive

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1), Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 11, Zone 10, Zone 9

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