fast-growing but short-lived and tender species from tropical Asia,
the pagoda flower is popular in the wet tropics for its huge
panicles of small, scarlet flowers that terminate the erect shoots,
appearing through much of the year. Growing to 6-8 ft (1.8-2.4 m),
it branches from the roots into coarse, vigorous shoots with very
large, deeply veined, glossy deep green leaves on long stalks.
Cultivation: They all appreciate a sunny position, though sheltered
from strong wind and the hottest summer sun, and deep, moist,
Propagation from cuttings, which strike readily under heat; or many
species sucker from the roots and a large root cutting can produce
much quicker results.