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Sophronitis coccinea is found in the tropical cloud forest near the coast, in areas with lots of fog and high humidity during all the year.
Good ventilation, cool to cold temperatures, bright light and a wet environment with regular fertilizer year round will keep this minature plant thriving.
Spanish broom (Spartium junceum) is an evergreen, perennial shrub that can reach up to six to ten feet in height. Its erect, bright green stems are rounded with occasional leaves at the top; instead, these stems terminate in flowering clusters on leafless racemes. The lanceolate-shaped leaves are generally a similar green color as the stems and are hairy on the lower surface. The yellow, pea-shaped flowers produce flat, linear seed pods, which can reach up to three inches in length.
Spanish broom is the most drought-resistant of its species and is able to grow with full sun and limited water. This plant prefers slightly dry, well-drained soils and will not thrive in wetter environments. In fact, too much water can cause diseases and yellowing of the leaves. Additionally, Spanish broom is known to become overly abundant in some parts of North America, so it is recommended to research local horticultural experts for advice before planting in a garden.
When grown in a container on a patio or balcony, Spanish broom requires adjustments in water usage to cope with the weather. If the weather is cold and wet, the soil should be kept moist; however, if the weather is warm and sunny, the soil should be watered more regularly.
Despite its invasive nature, the attractive yellow flowers, fragrant scent, and evergreen foliage of Spanish broom are a welcome addition and contrast to any landscape. These features make Spanish broom a popular choice among homeowners and gardeners alike.
A slender tree, which can grow up to 30 ft but is often kept smaller in gardens. It has dark green compound leaves and frequently produces clusters of large, tulip-shaped flowers at the ends of the branches. The most common flower color is bright red-orange, with a yellow border on the petals; there is also a rarer, pure yellow variety. The blooms are followed by long, boat-shaped pods that open to release masses of winged seeds. Spathodea grows rapidly from seed (those of the yellow-flowering variety do not, however, breed true) and prefers full sun, though it tolerates a wide range of conditions and poor soil. The wood tends to be brittle and, on taller specimens, breaks easily in strong winds. See Article about Spathodea.
Large heavy textured bright yellow flowers.
Spathoglottis sp. is a small shrub that can grow between 2-5 ft (0.6-1.5 m) tall. It has large clusters of long-lived flowers with distinct colors, such as pink, white, off-white, red, crimson, vinous and yellow-orange. Being a tropical plant, it needs heat and high humidity, but can tolerate semi-shade. Thus it is the ideal choice for the tropical and sub-tropical regions USDA Zone: 9-11.
Spathoglottis sp. requires regular watering and mulching to maintain humidity and minimize weeds. If grown in a pot, it is advised to use a medium-sized container with good drainage. To ensure that your plant grows in cold regions, use a pot with a plastic cover to keep the heat trapped and help resist cold temperatures. For general care, you should prune the stems for the correct size and shape and remove old, withered flowers regularly.
The Spathoglottis sp. is a stunning plant, and easy to look after. It will be a delightful addition to any garden or houseplant collection with its pleasant and vibrant colors. With proper care, it will reward you with its long-lasting, magnificent flowers.