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Aphelandra sp., Shrimp Plant, Coral Aphelandra. Aphelandra x panamensis
Aphelandra x panamensis

Aphelandra sp.

Shrimp Plant, Coral Aphelandra
Family: Acanthaceae
Origin: Panama
USDA Zone: 9-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeRegular waterRed, crimson, vinous flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical or temperate zone plant. Mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

This is a rare hybrid possibly with A. scabra (panamensis) that has bright red flowers, quite unique flowering plant from S America. Like all aphelandras, it has showy flowers that are loved by hummingbirds. The flower up to 2 inch long, tubular. They are 2-lipped, fuzzy and they bloom for one day before wilting. Inflorescence is candle-like and the prepubescent flower spikes can grow up to 6 inch in height. The inflorescence has overlapping green bracts that are tinged with yellow and orange and they have extrafloral nectaries. Each day only one or two flowers open along the inflorescence to prevent self-pollination.

It is a great addition to a collectible tropical butterfly garden. Can grow into 4-5" tall bushy specimen. Blooms sporadically during warm season. Tolerates both full sun or filtered light.

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Aphelandra sp., Shrimp Plant, Coral Aphelandra
Aphelandra sp., Shrimp Plant, Coral Aphelandra
Aphelandra sp., Shrimp Plant, Coral Aphelandra

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