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Crossandra pungens

Firecracker plant

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  • Crossandra pungens | Copyright Greenplantswap 2020

Features

  • BloomsMay
  • Height0.4m to 0.6m
  • Growth HabitBushy oval
  • Flower ColourOrange-yellow
  • Leaf ColourDull green

Description

Crossandra pungens (Firecracker plant). A dense evergreen subshrub native to Tropical Africa. Bears obovate, dull- green leaves and orange spikes flowers.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Sub-shrub

Origin

Tropical Africa.

Interest and use

Grown for their flowers.

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  • Crossandra pungens | Copyright Greenplantswap 2020

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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