The Tasmanian Tiger Plant, also known as Europhobia, is an ornamental plant. In 1993, it was discovered in Tasmania, Australia. The Tasmanian Tiger is hearty in U.S. Department of Agriculture Zone 6 and Zone 7. The hardiness zones list the areas where a plant can thrive based on the average minimum temperature in the area. In Zone 6, the average minimum winter temperature reaches negative 10 to 0 degrees Fahrenheit; and in Zone 7, the average low temperature is -17.7 to -12.2 degrees C.
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The leaves of the Tasmanian Tiger Plant reach an average length of 3 to 5 inches. They have a grey to green colour with a mix of white around the edges and form in a tight spiral pattern around the stem.
Flowers adorn the top of the plant. The flowers have creamy white bracts with a green shade toward the inner part of the bract. The bract is not a petal, but it does appear similar to a petal. The bract acts more like a leaf. The flowers of the Tasmanian Tiger do not have true petals. The flowers raise up from the stem and can extend up to 12 inches away from the plant. Flowers bloom in June and July.
Stem of Plant
The Tasmanian Tiger grows from a woody stem. It can reach heights of 3 feet tall and have a diameter, or spread, of 2 to 3 feet. The plant extends out in a cylindrical shape until the flowers arise. The flowers do not extend out as far as the base of the plant, but form a similar cylinder shape as they grow from the top.
The Tasmanian Tiger thrives in full sun to partial shade. It does not require much water. In fact, an abundance of water in the soil can kill this plant. It can handle some drought. This perennial prefers a Mediterranean-like climate, warm but not very hot.
Be careful when you handle this plant. If a plant stem breaks, a white sap comes out. This sap is a skin irritant and is poisonous to humans. Wear gloves when you work with Tasmanian Tiger Plants to avoid any problems.
You can grow the Tasmanian Tiger in your garden bed or in a pot. If it is kept in a warm winter area, you can enjoy the Tasmanian Tiger for several seasons.
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