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Crossandra nilotica

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Features

  • BloomsMay
  • Height0.15m to 0.75m
  • Spread0.15m to 0.5m
  • Growth HabitUpright vase
  • Flower ColourBright red-orange
  • Leaf ColourGlossy green

Description

Crossandra nilotica. An upright vase-shaped evergreen perennial. Bears elliptic, pointed glossy-green leaves and spikes of orange-red flowers in late spring.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Shrub

Origin

Tropical Africa

Interest and use

Grown for their flowers.

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Needs

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

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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