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Manettia luteorubra

Brazilian firecracker

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Features

  • BloomsJune
  • Growth HabitClimbing
  • Flower ColourBright red, yellow
  • Leaf ColourGlossy red-green

Description

Manettia luteorubra (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, Herbaceous

Origin

Paraguay, Uruguay

Interest and use

Grown for their small but showy flowers.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They will need a well-drained site in semi-shade. It is an appropriate plant for frost-free climates, otherwise they can be grown in a heated greenhouse.

Propagation

Propagate from cuttings in summer or from seed.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Whitefly is sometimes a problem.

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