Underutilized Tropical Color

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  1. Dypsisdean

    Dypsisdean Administrator Staff Member

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    This plant grows like a weed here in Hawaii. And I hear it will even grow in SoCal. If so, it is a very underutilized plant. Easily propogated, easily trimmed, no bugs to speak of (yet), and you can't miss it when it is blooming. In between blooms it is a lush green addition to the landscape.

    Sorry, forgot the name. Can anyone help?
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  2. junglegal

    junglegal Esteemed Member

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    Isnt that firespike? I grew it back at the old garden, name escapes me too
     
  3. junglegal

    junglegal Esteemed Member

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    Brazilian cloak
     
  4. Dypsisdean

    Dypsisdean Administrator Staff Member

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    Thanks Bren - Someone mentioned it is also called Brazilian Red Cloak. I wish there were some other colors since it grows so well, so fast.

    For those who want "real" names, it is Megaskepasma erythrochlamys - say that one five times real fast. Brazilian Cloak works for me. ;)
     
  5. ScotTi

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    When you posted the photo Dean I told myself "that plant would look great in the garden". I blew it off as I figured it would not like the winter temps here. Was I ever wrong, as I had the pleasure of seeing this plant in a garden near me today. The plant was about 10' tall with a spread of about 9'. I was told that they had had it for years and our cold will not kill it.
     
  6. Dypsisdean

    Dypsisdean Administrator Staff Member

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    Scott,

    Sometimes too good to be true works. :)

    Someone showed me a great looking huge plant growing in SoCal. And I would guess you have better growing conditions than they do. But nobody grows it there either - undoubtedly using the same logic.
     
  7. Stan

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    It's expensive and I think a winter bloomer. So in Cali any light frost would take away the blooms for another year. I was bummed out that Wigandia's blooms are very tender to frost even if the plant looks fine.
    Dean,I have Clerodendron quadriloculare -Philippine Firecracker. Its going into its second winter. I'm shooting for blooms this winter/spring. Its another nice tropical shrub- purple undersides to leafs and spectacular blooms...easy for you in Heaven.
    Hayward is sort of a more marginal soucal.
     
  8. Dypsisdean

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    Stan,
    I don't think I have seen Clerodendron quadriloculare in Hawaii - but I sure would like to give it a try in my slightly cooler location. Looks like a winner.
     
  9. ScotTi

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    Thanks Dean! I found a Red Cloak! I believe now at a excellent price (29.99). Plant is about 4' x 3' and looks pretty good for sitting in the sun all summer at the nursery. The sales guy said his boss will be in tomorrow and will sell it at a lower price now that it is not in flower.
     
  10. Dypsisdean

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    Good deal Scott - and I have no idea, but I have a feeling you might be able to start cuttings fairly easily from this guy.
     
  11. ScotTi

    ScotTi Esteemed Member

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    I feel as I stole it! But a deal is a deal at 14.99. I have read they root easy and it will need to be shaped up a bit. pizap.com14456229289211.jpg
     
  12. Dypsisdean

    Dypsisdean Administrator Staff Member

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    Here's another pic with Angela for scale. It looks a lot bigger with a person close by.
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  13. gsytch

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    It grows easily and successfully here in New Port Richey, with my bush reaching fifteen feet easily. This year it began blooming in August and is just now dropping old flowers. I hack it back come Christmas. Easy to grow, easy to root. I do feed it often, which I believe helps it bloom earlier. Tampa Bay zone 9b
     
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  14. ScotTi

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    :) First flower spikes are opening with many more buds now appearing.
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