Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Red Firespike

Odontonema strictum

Of the Acanthaceae family, this specimen would be like to live in Zone 8 - 11. Evergreen in the warmer zones, this fall to winter bloomer is an excellent nectar source for the migrating hummingbirds and butterflies.

Grow the red firespike in summer shade on the warmer side of the house so you can enjoy the blooms well past Christmas. Or use it instead of the regular poinsettia in your holiday decorations.

Smelling the Roses