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Pachystachys coccinea

Cardinal's guard

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Features

  • BloomsJanuary
  • Height1m to 2m
  • Spread0.5m to 1m
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourDark red
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Pachystachys coccinea (Cardinal's guard). An evergreen perennial herb or shrub native to the West Indies and North South America. Bears elliptical to ovate, strongly veined, dark green leaves and dark red, tubular flowers.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Shrub or Herbaceous

Origin

W. Indies, N.S.America

Interest and use

Grown for their flowers.

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Needs

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

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

Propagate from seed or cuttings.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Whitefly and red spider mite may cause problems under glass.

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