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CROSSANDRA infundibuliformis 'Orange Marmalade'

Image of Crossandra infundibuliformis 'Orange Marmalade'

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Family

Acanthaceae

Botanical Name

CROSSANDRA infundibuliformis 'Orange Marmalade'

Plant Common Name

Crossandra, Firecracker Flower, Orange Marmalade Firecracker Flower

General Description

Florida sunset firecracker flower produces clusters of fragrant moth-shaped flowers of a bold and convincing orange hue. The leaves of firecracker flower are thick and glossy and slightly resemble the leaves of the coffee plant. In its native environment it is a vigorous and enthusiastic grower and its flowers are harvested for decorating women's hair.

Firecracker flower prefers full to partial sun and fertile soil that is kept moist but has good drainage. Firecracker flower makes a nice houseplant that blooms year round if fertilized on a regular basis and placed in very bright light. Outdoors, this cultivar works well in bedding areas with a need for orange flowers but summer heat and humidity are very pronounced. In hot climates, protect the plants from the hottest afternoon sun for best performace.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 9

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    16"-24" / 40.6cm - 61.0cm

  • Width

    10"-14" / 25.4cm - 35.6cm

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Southeastern Asia, India

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Ample Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Orange, Orange Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Cutflower, Hedges, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes