Saturday, September 25, 2010
Bauhinia galpinii (Red Orchid Bush)
The coral-red flowers appear in clusters on new growth and are very attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies, especially Swallowtails and Gulf Fritillaries. As the 3-inch diameter blooms age, they fade to a salmon color. Occasionally, pollinated flowers will form a flat, dry seed pod.
This species is native to South Africa and flowering will be best if the plant receives sun at least half of the day. It is drought-tolerant once established.