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Ixora coccinea, Jungle flame, Needle flower, Flame of the Woods, Jungle Geranium

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Ixora coccinea
Family: Rubiaceae
Jungle flame, Needle flower, Flame of the Woods, Jungle Geranium
Origin: India, Sri Lanka
Full sunSemi-shadeRegular waterPink flowersRed/crimson/vinous flowersYellow/orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSeaside, salt tolerant plant

A bushy, rounded shrub that has long been a popular hedging plant in the subtropical regions thanks to beautiful bright clusters of flowers year around. Ixoras freely produce loose, corymb-like cymes, 2-5" across of red, orange, pink, or yellow flowers. Available in a number of cultivars, including dwarf. Terminal 5 to 6" wide clusters available in red, deep-orange, yellow, pink, scarlet, and various shades of orange. Blooms year-round. Prefers rich, well drained, moist, acidic soil. Used as flowering hedge, shrub, flowering pot plant. Possible problems: nematodes, root rot, leaf spots, scale insects, iron deficiency. Shrubs can be pruned to keep desired shape. Watch for pests and fungus.

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