Monday, September 3, 2012

Crossandra infundibuliformis - The Firecracker Flower

Crossandra infundibuliformis is a must have if you want to add a perpetual dash of orange and yellow hues to the garden. It is a great performer and never fails to disappoint.
Crossandra infundibuliformis ‘Tropic Flame’ is salmon-orange in colour.

This container of ‘Tropic Flame’ sits preetily at the driveway.

 It is showy and displays numerous blooms all the time.

Flowers are carried terminally on upright spikes, reminiscent of firecrackers. To me they look like mini bouquets of flowers.

 THe spikes continue to produce flowers after the previous ones are done. 

Crossandra infundibuliformis is easily propagated from stem cuttings. 

Pink and white Portulacas happily reside in the same container.

Crossandra infundibuliformis 'Lutea' is deep yellow.

It is equally floriferous but more dainty than the 'salmon-orange'.

The spikes continue to produce flowers terminally for months before turnng brown. Deadheading these brown spikes will tidy up the bush. This is all the care needed besides the routine watering and fertilising.

Shot at dusk.

'A flower is an educated weed' - Luther Burbank

Three spikes of Crossandra lutea in an Irish shot glass. Since I do not have the Leprechaun's pot of gold, I shall make do with these mini golden bouquets.


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