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Pachystachys cardinalis

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Features

  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourWhite
  • Leaf ColourMid green

Description

Pachystachys cardinalis. An upright shrub producing branched stems and ovate to elliptic, veined dark green leaves. Terminal spikes of tubular lipped flowers are red borne in winter.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Shrub

Origin

W. Indies, C & S America

Interest and use

Grown for their flowers.

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Needs

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

Cultivation

They will require frost-free conditions with full sun and fertile, moist but well-drained soil. You can propagate from seed or cuttings.

Propagation

Cuttings in early summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Whitefly and red spider mite may cause problems under glass.

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