Ixora lobbii, or its more commonly known name of Glossy Pink Ixora, is a beautiful small shrub native to tropical and subtropical regions of the world. Reaching a maximum height of 2-5 feet (0.6 - 1.5 m) tall with a spread of about 4 feet (1.2 m), I. lobbii has an upright branching habit.
The soft, evergreen foliage is an eye catching glossy green and make the ideal backdrop for its spectacular stem end flowering. This plant features masses of small, fragrant, tubular flowers that are primarily pink, but may vary from white to red or crimson to vinous. It can even sport more than one color at a time.
The I. lobbii shrub is a highly sought after ornamental deciduous shrub. This drought tolerant plant can be grown in full sun or semi-shade positions and only requires regular water and moderate water when establishing.
Ixora lobbii has more than one use. It is a valuable ethnomedical plant in traditional South Asian medicine. It's roots can be used to reduce swelling while it leaves can be used to make a remedy for eye diseases and an expectorant. It is also quite popular as a seaside plant, due to its salt tolerance.
Grown in USDA Hardiness Zones 9-11, taking care of I. lobbii is an easy task. This hardy shrub doesn't need much care, but keep in mind that, as with all plants, pot grown specimens will usually need to be monitored and aided in cold regions, as too cold conditions may damage the roots. A good practice to keep in mind when planting and caring for this shrub is to water it deeply and allow the soil to dry out completely before watering again.
To wrap up, Ixora Lobbyii, also known as the Glossy Pink Ixora, is a beautiful and easy to care for shrub that is an ornamental favorite and valuable ethnomedical plant. This small evergreen shrub with intensely colored flowers is generally easy to grow and will add verdant life and color to any outdoor space.