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South African Garden and Home - - Uncommon Plants - SOURCE Leoné Wil­liams

Can­tua bux­i­fo­lia (Inca bells) is a show­stop­per in spring with its daz­zling clus­ters of tubu­lar or­ange to ma­genta flow­ers that at­tract nec­tar-seek­ing birds. Grow­ing to around 1,5m high and wide, it has small, grey-green leaves. Af­ter the spring flush, it flow­ers spo­rad­i­cally dur­ing sum­mer and au­tumn.

Grow­ing tips: It can be planted in sun or light shade in well-drained fer­tile soil. Wa­ter it reg­u­larly. Cut back hard af­ter flow­er­ing, oth­er­wise it gets lanky. Flow­ers are pro­duced on the pre­vi­ous sea­son’s wood so trim­ming should only be done af­ter flow­er­ing.

What Leoné likes: “Its loose growth habit adds a new di­men­sion to a mixed bor­der.” Plant it among sum­mer-flow­er­ing shrubs that will sup­port it.

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