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Ixora hybrid Crimson Star, Crimson Star

Ixora hybrid Crimson Star

Crimson Star
Family: Rubiaceae
Origin: Thailand
Plant used for bonsaiSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunRegular waterRed, crimson, vinous flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Crimson Star (Ixora hybrid) is an evergreen, small shrub native to Thailand. It grows 2-5 ft tall and wide, and is often used as bonsai. It needs full sun and regular water. It produces a profusion of red, crimson and vinous flowers throughout the year, attracting butterflies and hummingbirds. It is also salt-tolerant and can withstand coastal areas and seaside.

This plant is adapted to warmer climates and is hardy in USDA hardiness zones 9-11. When grown in cold regions cold temperatures can cause chlorosis, so a containerized plant should be brought indoors in winter. Fluctuating temperatures outside can also lead to flower drop. To prevent this, it is best to put the plant in a bright porch or enclosed patio.

With ample watering, fertilizer and good drainage, vegetation of Crimson Star will produce a large number of vibrant flowers. Regular fertilizer applications every 6 to 8 weeks can also help keep the colors of the flowers at its maximum. Pruning should be done immediately after blooming is over, to keep the shape of the shrub compact.

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

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