Crossandra Plant

Scientific name : “Crossandra infundibuliformis”

Crossandra plants (Crossandra Infundibuliformis) can be thought of as slightly easier cousins of the hibiscus, though they aren’t related. Also known as the firecracker flower, crossandra is native to Sri Lanka and southern India. It features narrow, oblong leaves and showy peach or coral flowers.

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Crossandra plants (Crossandra Infundibuliformis) can be thought of as slightly easier cousins of the hibiscus, though they aren’t related. Also known as the firecracker flower, crossandra is native to Sri Lanka and southern India. It features narrow, oblong leaves and showy peach or coral flowers. It’s grown as a bedding plant in tropical and subtropical areas and as an annual in northern areas. It also can be grown indoors. Crossandra is best planted in the spring and is a moderate to fast grower. If you meet its requirements for moisture and light, your plant should bloom in about seven months. Plus, when growing crossandra plants outdoors, they’re known to attract butterflies. Crossandra is among the few plants that provide months of lovely blooms in partial shade. Thus, it is especially valuable when paired with other shade-tolerant plants for color, including ​impatiens, coleus, and shrimp plants. Indoors, crossandra is tolerant of low light and will provide long-lasting flowers from late spring to autumn.

Sunlight – These plants thrive best in bright, indirect sunlight.

Watering – During the growing season, water frequently and never allow the soil to dry out.

Plant Care – If the temperature goes below 55 degrees Fahrenheit, the plant can experience damage to its leaves or the top growth. Crossandra also likes high humidity. In arid climates, it might be necessary to mist your crossandra weekly during the growing season to provide sufficient humidity. 

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