Ixora coccinea, also known as 'Jungle Flame', is a tropical shrub native to India and Sri Lanka. It is salt-wind tolerant, making it perfect for seaside gardens and is also highly drought-tolerant. In order to achieve optimal growth, it should be planted in full sun to semi-shade. In areas with cold winters, it is better grown as a pot plant and brought inside during cold months.
Ixora coccinea requires regular watering, as well as moist, rich, and well-drained soil and regular fertilization in order to stay healthy and produce vibrant flowers. If the plant becomes too large or untidy, it can be pruned to keep its shape, however, over-pruning should be avoided as it will reduce flowering. Different varieties featuring brilliant pink, vinous, yellow, and orange flowers can be planted to attract wildlife such as butterflies and hummingbirds.
This plant is unfortunately prone to common diseases such as root rot and leaf spots. If any discoloration is noticed, the affected parts should be removed and the plant treated with an appropriate fungicide. Furthermore, pests such as nematodes, scale insects, or iron deficiencies can all cause damage to the plant and should be regularly checked for.
In USDA hardiness zones 9-11, Ixora coccinea is a fast-growing shrub, producing abundant clusters of vivid blooms all year round. With proper care, it will be a low-maintenance and stunning addition to any garden.