Odontenema cuspidum 'Firespike'



RED FIRESPIKE IN THE LANDSCAPE
RED FIRESPIKE IN THE LANDSCAPE


PURPLE FIRESPIKE IN LANDSCAPE
PURPLE FIRESPIKE IN LANDSCAPE

Use: Accent piece or tall bedding plant.


Characteristics: Purple Firespike is a beautiful winter blooming accent. It does best in partial sun and organic soils. Flowers are unusual, tubular shaped clustering around a flower stalk that extends 8"-16" above the foliage. This is a favorite of hummingbirds. There is also a Red Firespike that blooms in all warm months. Plants can easily grow to 7' tall and love partial shade.


Trimming: In the spring, perform a hard cutback on mature plants down to 12" - 18" tall with hand pruners. DO NOT SHEAR. Another hard cutback can be done in October. Any more pruning after this will inhibit winter flowering.


FLOWER DETAIL OF PURPLE FIRESPIKE
FLOWER DETAIL OF PURPLE FIRESPIKE

Fertilization: Fertilize in March, June and October with a well balanced, time released granular fertilizer.



RED FIRSESPIKE FLOWER DETAIL
RED FIRSESPIKE FLOWER DETAIL