Thursday, November 8, 2012
Odontonema strictum (Firespike)
Also known as firespike or cardinal's guard, this plant grows 3-5 feet tall in full sun to half shade. Blooms appear in clusters at the tips of the stems and the inflorescence continues to elongate throughout the flowering period.
Odontonema strictum is native to Central America and is recommended for USDA Zones 8-11. Frost will damage the foliage, but the plants quickly re-sprout from remaining green stems, or from the crown of the plant at soil level.
O. strictum is considered to be synonymous with O. cuspidatum.
Related reading: Odontonema callistachyum