Sanchezia speciosa, Sanchezia nobilis, Sanchezia, Fire Fingers

Sanchezia speciosa, Sanchezia nobilis

Sanchezia, Fire Fingers
Family: Acanthaceae
Origin: Northern South America
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterYellow, orange flowersRed, crimson, vinous flowersOrnamental foliagePlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Sanchezia speciosa or simply Sanchezia is a beautiful flowering shrub native to Central and South America that is hardy in USDA Zones 9-11 and is also tolerant of salt and seaside conditions. It is a large shrub that grows to be 5-10 feet tall and wide, with light green foliage that has yellow-white veins. The Sanchezia plant requires full sun or semi-shade and needs to be watered moderately, avoiding overwatering to prevent root rot and other fungal diseases.

The spectacular blooms of Sanchezia are long spikes of red or crimson bracts with yellow and orange flowers that all face the same way, creating an amazing effect. These brightly colored flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds and bloom non-stop. When planting and caring for Sanchezia, it should be placed in well-drained soil in full sun or semi-shade and can handle occasional dry periods. It is also important to bring the plant indoors to a warmer place during cold winter months if it is planted in a pot, as temperatures below 20°F can damage or kill the plant. Pruning of Sanchezia should be done after flowering to maintain a neat shape.

In conclusion, the Sanchezia plant is an easy-care large shrub that is perfect for any garden due to its beautiful ornamental foliage and non-stop blooms. Its tolerance for salt and seaside conditions make it a versatile choice for many different environments. It's brightly colored flowers are sure to attract butterflies and hummingbirds, making it an admirable addition to any flowery garden.

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