This rare species of Wrightia is not fragrant, but flower is an amazing starfish! Flower is about 2" wide and looks waxy, almost artificial. Wrightia dubia (Starfish Flower) can be found in climates of India, Thailand, and other tropical countries. The plant is a large shrub, growing 5-10 ft tall in its natural habitat, but can reach up to 20 ft in the right conditions. The plant grows best in full sun and prefers regular watering.
The crowning glory of this plant is its flowers that appear in mid-to-late spring. The small white blossoms turn into a vivid display of red, crimson or vinous flowers in summer. The flowers are especially attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds, bringing lots of pollinators to your yard. In short, Wrightia dubia is a showy, low-maintenance flowering shrub worthy of its own place in the garden.
Hardy in USDA Zone 9-11. To grow Wrightia dubia in colder climates, it is best to containerize the plant. The shrub should be placed in a large pot to ensure adequate space for root growth, and the pot should be moved indoors during the winter. Keeping soil moist and slightly humid is key to the success of this plant, as is providing the sunlight it needs. Fertilizing in the spring, summer and autumn is also recommended. With a bit of extra care, your Wrightia dubia (Starfish Flower) will put on an amazing show every spring and summer.