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Manettia inflata

Brazilian firecracker

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Features

  • BloomsJune
  • Height1.5m to 2.5m
  • Growth HabitClimbing
  • Flower ColourBright red, yellow
  • Leaf ColourGlossy red-green

Description

Manettia inflata (Brazilian firecracker). A fast growing, evergreen perennial from South America. Bears lance-shaped to ovate, glossy red-green leaves and tubular bright red, yellow flowers in summer. Can reach 2.5m in height.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Shrub

Origin

Paraguay, Uruguay

Interest and use

Conservatory

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

They will need a well-drained site in semi-shade it is appropriate in frost-free climates, otherwise they can be grown in a heated greenhouse. You can propagate from cuttings in summer or from seed.

Propagation

Propagate from cuttings in summer or from seed.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Whitefly is sometimes a problem.

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