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Pachystachus coccinea Cardinal's guard   Acanthaceae

Pachystachus coccinea, Cardinal's guard


Pachystachus coccinea, Cardinal's guard	This genus of 12 species of evergreen perennials and small shrubs is native to tropical Central and South America and the West Indies. In tropical and subtropical areas they can reach 6 ft (1.8 m) tall and are grown for the splashes of bright yellow and red they add to gardens.
They are erect growers with large, bright green leaves and yellow floral bracts that almost hide the true flowers, which are small, white and tubular. The true flowers last only a few days, but the bracts are colorful over several weeks.
Hardiness zone from 10 To 12
Flowering colors: Cream, Red, White, Yellow
Cultivation: They require preferably subtropical, full sun and fertile, moist but well-drained soil. Propagate from seed or cuttings.