Flowering shrub in South Florida - Knowledgebase Question

Wellington, Fl
Question by madegood
March 3, 2010
Am looking for a bush-like flowering shrub that can be kept pruned to 3 ft. high & 3 ft. round, grows in Zone 9 & 10 in part shade, blooms (preferably red), at least 1/2 the year and does not need regular insecticidal spraying. Thanks.

Answer from NGA
March 3, 2010


You might consider Cuphea hyssopifolia (Cuphea) which has a spreading, compact growth habit to 3-4' and produces red flowers all summer long. Dwarf bottlebrush is another potential plant. Rarely needs pruning, remains under 3' tall and wide and flowers in spring, in summer, and again in the fall. Cuphea ignea is a free flowering shrub with the size you require; Phygelius 'Blacher' Cherry Ripe (firecracker plant) blooms from May through September; Protea cynaroides (King Protea) is also a good choice for your growing region. Hope one of these plants is just right for your garden!

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