Attention - Red Flower Lovers! Passionate African Tecomaria...
Tecoma elata - close related species with beautiful, large, orange flowers.
Scientific name: Tecomaria capensis, Tecoma capensis
There are many gardeners that are simply in love with red flowers.
Tecomaria has attractive, dark green foliage and frequent displays of long, tubular red to orange flowers at the ends of the stems. They are the best hummingbird attractors! The plant blooms year round in warm areas, in cooler climates the most profuse blooming is from Fall through Spring which provides a wonderful winter color.
Cape Honeysuckle needs very well-drained soil, prefers full sun, but will bloom in filtered light as well; flowering is best is slightly cooler climates. Once established, the plant doesn't require much water or care and is free of pests. It is fairly salt resistant and can be used for seaside plantings. Cape Honeysuckle accepts acidic to alkaline soils.
It is a cold hardy plant, perfect for gardens in zone 9 (reported also as surviving in zone 8). Hardy to 26° F, can sustain minor damage if unprotected, however recovery is generally rapid. Light frost usually doesn't make much damage, in cool winter it may become semi-decidious. With increased freeze, the plant may die back but comes back from roots in spring.
The plant comes in several varieties, including yellow, apricot flowers, and one of the most impressive cultivar "Salmon" which isbright orange. The Samon variety has a very slow growth habit and can be trained as a small tree or compact bush.
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