Sacred Flower of the Incas

bahia(SF Bay Area)June 5, 2011

One of the joys of gardening in a coastal influenced climate here in California is this too little seen plant from the cloud forests of the Andes. It is easily as adaptable to California conditions as the more commonly seen Brugmansia, but not seen as often in gardens. It can get up to 12 feet tall, but is more commonly grown as an arching shrub against a wall or fence to 6 to 8 feet tall. There are different color forms of this, and 'Hot Pants' is one that combines some vivid orange tints with the red, and Annie's Annuals has a pale yellow flowering form as well. Worth seeking out if you like tempting the hummingbirds, with a long season of bloom in spring, or off and on all year round if it likes its spot.

Here is a link that might be useful: Cantua buxifolia in bloom

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Dick_Sonia(Sunset 17)

Are they already blooming in your area, David? Mine isn't even budded up yet.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2011 at 6:34PM
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bahia(SF Bay Area)

They've been blooming for about a month already here in Berkeley/Alameda, and I've seen them in partial bloom as early as March if they are planted in a warm protected spot.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2011 at 8:37PM
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I bought one from Annie about five years ago. It grows well but the bloom is on the wood grown last summer, and here the frost burns back the wood every year. I have only seen one flower so far. I have started a cutting and will try and find a space somewhere here that has enough room for it and will not frost. Al

    Bookmark   June 5, 2011 at 9:57PM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA

Thanks to you, David, I now have 7 of these lovely trees/shrubs in my yard. 3 larger ones that are planted behind my large fountain, and 4 more at the entrance to my lower yard by my wrought iron gate. I know 3 of them are 'Hot Pants', not sure about the other 4, which are from Hortus Botanicus. They'll be a surprise, I guess. Looking forward to blooms next year for me!

Patty S.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2011 at 11:15PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

They look a lot better than a Brug, foliage-wise. Less messy?

    Bookmark   June 6, 2011 at 1:54AM
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The growth habit is rather strange, kinda like a shrub vine. I have mine tied to a vine support, but it is also growing through a rose. It does not branch often, I have not tried to force branches through pruning (yet). No frost damage this winter so it bloomed in April. The foliage is nothing like a Brug, the leaves are small and serrated and grow all along the branch; the flowers have the brug shape but are much smaller; larger but similar to Iochroma.

starts easily from cuttings :)


    Bookmark   June 8, 2011 at 1:46PM
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