Psittacanthus sp., Psittacanthus

Psittacanthus sp.

Family: Loranthaceae
Origin: Central America
Vine or creeper plantSmall plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeEpiphyte plantYellow, orange flowersRed, crimson, vinous flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Psittacanthus sp. is a vine or creeper native to Central America. It is a small shrub that stands 2-5 ft high with an open branch pattern. It has oval shaped leaves and can come in shades of green, yellow, orange, and red. The plant produces vinous red, crimson, yellow, and orange flowers that are known for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds.

To grow the Psittacanthus sp. in the garden, it should be placed in a semi-shade part of the yard with minimal exposure to the sun. Epiphytes should be planted in a well-drained soil, as they are very susceptible to excessive moisture. The plant should also be kept away from strong gusts of wind.

Psittacanthus sp. can be successfully grown in USDA Zone: 9-11. In cold regions, the plant must either be grown in a pot and brought indoors for the winter, or be placed in a sheltered area. If in a pot, it should be watered on a regular basis and pruned occasionally to keep the size and shape under control. Additionally, the soil should be enriched with organic compost and fertilizer to ensure the plant continues to thrive.

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