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

Ixora coccinea

Jungle flame, Needle flower, Flame of the Woods, Jungle Geranium
Family: Rubiaceae
Origin: India, Sri Lanka
USDA Zone: 9-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSemi-shadeFull sunRegular waterYellow, orange flowersRed, crimson, vinous flowersPink flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSeaside, salt tolerant plant

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. 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.

Learn more about ixora plants: Ixora - the Star of Southern Landscapes.

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