Aphelandra sinclairiana is a large shrub, usually growing between 5 and 10 feet tall. It is native to Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Panama, and can be grown outdoors in USDA Zone 9-11. It prefers semi-shade, and comparatively regular waterings, making sure that the soil remains slightly moist while not waterlogged. The plant sports quite a showy display of flowers, though they are quite small. The bracts are orange-red color, almost 2 inches in length, and the tubular flowers themselves range from pink to red to crimson and vinous. It also attracts a lot of pollinators, notably butterflies and hummingbirds.
In terms of care, the shrub is quite hardy in mature state and will tolerate short-term low temperatures of 30s F or lower. However, if grown in a pot, the cold-hardy properties are reduced. It is important to make sure Aphelandra sinclairiana is provided with a location that is out of strong wind and direct frost, and the plant should be brought indoors in temperature below 40-45 F. To ensure the best growth of the plant, make sure the soil used is well-drained, with the pot placed in a bright area with at least several hours of protection from the direct sunlight in a day. During growing season, water the soil regularly, but be sure to avoid over-watering. Finally, be sure to feed the shrub occasionally with a balanced fertilizer to ensure all important nutrients are available.