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Crossandra infundibuliformis 'Orange Marmalade'

Crossandra infundibuliformis 'Orange Marmalade'
firecracker flower
Common name firecracker flower
Family acanthaceae
Life cycle tender perennial (Z10-11)
Flowers orange
Size 18-24"
Light part shade
Cultural notes prefers light, rich soil, not too dry

Grown as an annual in most places, firecracker flower is native to southern India and Sri Lanka, where it grows as an evergreen shrub. Its apricot-orange flowers appear year-round where hardy. Leaves are shiny green. Ours got lost underneath a spreading esperanza shrub for most of the first season after we planted it, and then January's severe freeze hit – so it was knocked back almost entirely by that one-two punch, but by June of the following year it had recovered enough to show a little bloom – see photo top right. I'm not sure if it's worth attempting to return it to its more vigorous form, but for now it's welcome in its unimposing way.

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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