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Bauhinia galpinii Pride of the kaap   Leguminosaceae

Bauhinia galpinii, Pride of the kaap, Kupu kupu merah


Bauhinia galpinii, Pride of the kaap, Kupu kupu merahCommon name(s):
Red bauhinia
One of the most colorful bauhinias, this evergreen scrambling shrub from southeastern Africa has a sprawling, horizontal habit when grown out in the open, making a mound of dense foliage about 6 ft (1.8 m) high and up to 15 ft (4.5 m) wide. If grown beneath small trees, however, it may scramble through their branches to a height of 20 ft (6 m) or more, or it can be trained against a warm wall to good effect. The distinctive flowers, borne in showy clusters from late summer to fall (autumn) (or spring in the tropics), are a rich apricot to brick red in color, their petals spoon-shaped with slender stalks. Fast growing, it will endure mild frosts and long periods without water.
Hardiness zone from 9 To 12
Cultivation: Bauhinias do best in warm climates and need protection from frost and cold winds.
Full sun and light, fertile, well-drained soil suit them best.
Pruning is not usually necessary, but vigorous growth may be thinned out after flowering. Propagate from seed in spring.