Monodora sp. is a plant native to tropical Africa with a variety of shapes and sizes. They range from large shrubs 5-10 feet tall, to a small tree 10-20 feet tall, and even sometimes reaching upwards of 20 feet as a big tree. The red, crimson, and vinous flowers are a lovely addition to any garden, as well as the yellow and orange blooms.
The Monodora sp. is an ethnomedical plant, used for centuries in many cultures for its spice or herb properties. As an added bonus it also acts as a natural attraction for butterflies, hummingbirds and many other pollinators.
This plant prefers full sun and regular water, although it is generally quite low maintenance and does well even with moderate water. It is a hardy plant that can be grown in USDA Zones 9-11. For colder regions, Monodora sp. can be grown in a pot where it has some protection from the coldest of winter weather.
All in all, the Monodora sp. is a great addition to any garden, no matter the climate or size. With its vivid flowers, ethnobotanical properties, and pollinator attracting powers, it is a great way to bring more color and life to any garden.