Ixora coccinea is a flowering evergreen shrub that grows well in warm climates (zones 9 to 11).
It is also known by the common names 'Jungle Geranium' and 'Flame of the Woods'
As, a member of the Rubiaceae family (so is closely related to coffee, Gardenia, and Pentas).
Ixora coccinea plant by photograph.
If left to fend for itself it can reach a height of about six feet (1.8 metres).
It has a greater spread than height making it great for use in hedges or as a screening plant.
It can also look good when grown in mass in a flowering bed, or even alone as a small shrub.
In cooler climates they can be grown in the greenhouse or in containers (take inside if temperatures are likely to drop below 50°F (10°C) and overwinter indoors in a sunny spot).
Many cultivars are available. In these the flowers can be yellow, red, orange, or pink.
Flowers are small, tubular, and grow in rounded clusters.
Dwarf varieties are also available these reach about 3 feet in height (90 cm).
As the plant is prune tolerant it is a great hedging plant. Grow in a sunny area and provide medium watering.
It is a great low maintenance plant for attracting birds and butterflies to the garden.
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