|Somewhat larger flowers on 'Flamenco Samba' |
Evergreen perennial native to Mexico, with slender leaves and curious tubular flowers with ear-like red petals. Plants can get leggy – pinch back to maintain bushy habit. Usually grown as an annual – we'll see how overwintered plants fare in our Houston garden. Plants may be propagated from seed or cuttings.
||heat and drought tolerant
The 'Flamenco Samba' variety, shown at right, has somewhat larger flowers, which don't so much resemble bat faces any more because of the presence of lower petals. The whole plant is more compact than the species.
This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...
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June 03, 2020