Firecracker Firecracker Boom Boom Boom

|Crossandra infundibuliformis flower detail|

|Crossandra infundibuliformis flower detail|

From the shores of Sri Lanka and southern India comes the Firecracker Flower botanically known as Crossandra infundibuliformis (try saying that 3 times in a row).  I've seen this tropical beauty from time to time.  It's a great go-to plant for some indoor color and a tropical touch.  It can also be grown outdoors during the warmer months of the year.

|Crossandra infundibuliformis profile|

|Crossandra infundibuliformis profile|

There's something positively exuberant about Crossandra infundibuliformis. The plush green foliage is detailed in rich texture and vibrant sheen. It produces mysterious soft downy spikes that hold flower buds which trumpet out flared, fan-like petals in colors of bright orange-red, orange-yellow, or salmon-pink.  You can't help feel positive and upbeat when you experience these blooms first-hand.  Crossandra do well growing indoors in bright light and given regular water.  They also benefit from a bit of humidity provided from a misting or soil surface covered in moss that will hold then release moisture after the plant has been watered, and during the growing months, a monthly dose of a balanced fertilizer.  In outdoor situations, give plants full sun, well-drained soil, regular water, and a periodic pinching back of stems to encourage bushier growth as well as continual blooming.  So, if you're into putting some positive vibes and tropical tone into your situation find yourself some Crossandra infundibuliformis.  Let the fireworks begin!