Combretum microphyllum, Combretum paniculatum subsp. microphyllum, Flame Creeper, Burning Bush

Combretum microphyllum, Combretum paniculatum subsp. microphyllum

Flame Creeper, Burning Bush
Family: Combretaceae
Origin: South Africa
USDA Zone: 10-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallVine or creeper plantSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterRegular waterRed, crimson, vinous flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsEthnomedical plant.
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This large shrub or vine tends to grow about 5-10 feet tall on an average. It originates from South Africa and is known for its beautiful red, crimson and vinous flowers. The shrub is usually grown in USDA Growing Zones 10-11. It's a fast-growing plant and requires full sun or semi-shade to thrive. It should be watered regularly and moderately, or it may die.

Combretum microphyllum is an ethnomedical plant which is commonly known as the flame creeper. This plant is known to attract birds such as butterflies and hummingbirds. Apart from its aesthetic beauty, this plant has many medicinal benefits. It is a common remedy for inflammation, ulcers, wounds, fever, constipation, and dysentery.

This plant should be grown in a pot in cold regions. It needs several hours of sunlight and regular water. The soil should be evenly moist but not soggy to avoid fungal diseases. Make sure to add ample amounts of soil conditioners to the potting mix before planting. For best results, use well-draining soil for this plant. As for fertilization, apply a balanced fertilizer to the soil during the growing season.

To maintain this plant in its best condition, trim it regularly to achieve the desired shape. Also, it's important to keep an eye out for pests and diseases as this plant is prone to them. If looking after this plant yourself seems too daunting, you can always hire a professional gardener to help you out.

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