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Crossandra Genus

Firecracker plant

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilHumus-rich
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Crossandra genus (Firecracker plant). These are evergreen perennials, sub shrubs and shrubs. There are about 50 species in this genus. The leaves are simple and are arranged in simple pairs, and the flowers are produced in spikes of showy yellow flowers.

Characteristics

Perennials, Evergreens, Shrubs

Origin

Africa, India and Sri Lanka

Interest and use

Grown for their flowers.

Cultivation

They are frost tender, min 5C. and will need partial shade or full light with humus-rich well drained soil. For a strong branching system, cut back the flowering growth by at least half in late winter.

Propagation

You can propagate by seeds in the spring or by greenwood cuttings in late spring or summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Whitefly maybe troublesome.

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