Firespike!

Odontonema stricta, commonly called Firespike, is found in the Acanthaceae family.  It is native to South America.  It grows well in partial shade, has red, tubular-shaped blooms in the fall, and reaches heights of  2 meters.  It is used extensively in southern gardens as a butterfly and hummingbird nectar plant.  I’ll post more pictures as the flowers open on its long, racemose inflorescence.  This plant is located in the tropical greenhouse, to the right of the entrance.

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Close-up of inflorescence

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Odontonema strictum
            (Acanthaceae)

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Firespike plant

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Fully opened flower on a raceme inflorescence