This plant has been lauded as a traffic-stopper. In the past, I too have been guilty of slowing down to a crawl to admire this flamboyant beauty.
That what the Carphalea Kirondron appears to be like; except for the fact that the flowers are actually inconspicuous amd white while the calyxes steal the show with their blaze of red.
These clusters of calyxes often measure up to 25 cm across. But it’s not the colour or the size of the clusters that amazes me. It’s the fact that the clusters seem to last for months on the plant and never seem to fall off.
After a few months on the plants, the spent clusters turn a dull red, then brown. It’s then that we snip the cluster off. No mess. No stress.
The next time you spot a flash of red as you drive past a garden, take another look. It might just be a Flaming Beauty.
Care and cultivation: well-drained soil; full sun; water moderately; Propagate using cuttings (tricky)