Weigelia florida

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IIDENTIFYING of the Weigelia florida L. – Diervilla

Scientific name:

Weigelia florida, Diervilla florida.

mondo-del-giardino weigelia full plant

Italian common name:





Distributed in northern China, Korea and Manchuria.

Evergreen or deciduous:




PLANT RECOGNITION of Weigelia florida


3 – 4 mt.

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Width (extension):

3 – 4 mt.


spreading shrub with arched branches and slightly hanging bushy habit


light green on upper page. They are ovate – lanceolate, acuminate at the apex and serrated at the edges with opposite trend, with serrations at the edges and a pointed end. They have rather pronounced ribs.


pink on the outside, lighter or white on the inside and are gathered in bundles. Tubular, 2-4 cm long opening into five flattened terminal lobes.

Flowering:mondo-del-giardino weigelia

May – July and sometimes second flowering in September


composed of two valves


light brown



Toxicity:mondo-del-giardino weigelia

it is not toxic but its parts cannot be eaten

NECESSITY of Weigelia florida


Light Exposure:

sun / partial shade

Soil type:

all but preferably alkaline, fertile, well drained, possibly clayey and containing mineral salts that provide the necessary nourishment to the plant. It is a plant that tolerates pollutants well.

Soil acidity:

Ph 8,2 – 8,8

Italian climatic area:

it survives between -15 and 37 °C in the Pre-Alps (zone 7), North and Apennines (8), Center (zone 9). Present in Lombardy, Veneto and Trentino Alto Adige.

Need for water:

moderate. Suffers from drought.

Pruning:mondo-del-giardino weigelia

It flowers both on old growth (from the previous year) and on new growth that develops from old branches so that it may occasionally re-bloom throughout the summer. The new stems growing from the base will not blossom until next year. therefore, at the end of flowering, shorten the newly flowering branches a couple of throws below and leave the rest alone. The old branches and the shape to the plant will be given if necessary in October.


Fungi can cause serious problems for plants if they are not dealt with in time

Furthermore, aphids can infest the vegetative apexes of the plant, weakening it and making it sticky.

Cultivation:mondo-del-giardino weigelia

fertilization in spring, close to flowering with mature manure at the foot of the plant.


the Alexandra variety has purple leaves and measures 1.5m x 1.5m.

Annotationsmondo-del-giardino weigelia dwarf

genus dedicated to the German botanist Christian Ehrenfried von Weigel (1748-1831), author of a  Flora of Pomerania and florida from floris – rich in flowers

among the particularly interesting varieties for cultivation in pots we note the “Monet” with variegated leaves (80 cm-1 m.), the “Alexandra” (1 m., 1.2 m.), the “nana variegata” ( 90 cm) or the “nana purpurea” (80 cm) and “Minor black” with almost black leaves (60 – 80 cm)

In the kitchen:

no use.



Do not follow the instructions of those who advise you to prune Weigelia florida close to the ground: they do it to contain its size. But if you have planted the right size plant in the right location there is no reason to contain it.

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Image sources: thanks to Pixabay and many thanks to Kerstin Riemer for the cover image, thalyagirl95 for the social media image, Myriam for the flower; ideegreen.it for the whole plant; about-garden.com for leaves; dryades.units.it for the stem; springmeadownursery.com for the “Monet” variety; dendropark.it for the “Nana purpurea” variety and vendita-piante-on-line.it for the “Nana variegata” variety.

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