Purple Firespike

Purple Firespike

​Odontonema callistachyum 

  • Family name: Acanthaceae
  • Origin: Mexico and Central America
  • Height: 6’ – 10’ Width: 4’ – 6’
  • Upright evergreen shrub with lush deep green foliage and terminal spikes of lavender-purple flowers that appear summer through late winter to year-round, attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies
  • Plant in shade to full sun, may wilt in intense summer sun in Florida, tolerates most soils, water occasionally to regularly, but once established is drought tolerant
  • Cold tolerant and can survive hard frost
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