seen as a shrub of about 8 ft (2.4 m), this tropical American
species can grow to 15-20 ft (4.5-6 m).
Short lived and fast growing, it has an open, moderately spreading
habit with coarse, prickly leaves and branches with a whitish waxy
bloom, which terminate in tall, upright sprays of vivid, usually
scarlet and gold blossom.
There is also a yellow-flowered form and a darker red one.
Cultivation: Most species appreciate a sheltered sunny spot and
deep, sandy soil.
Propagation is from seed, which may need abrading and hot-water
soaking to aid germination.