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Cardinal's guard

Pachystachus coccinea
Plant Botanical Name: 
Pachystachus coccinea
USBG Plant Location: 
Conservatory
Conservatory Room Location: 
Jungle
Sunlight: 
Full sun to part shade
Plant Soil Type: 
Well-drained, organically rich soil
Plant Moisture Requirements: 
Prefers consistently moist soil

A broadleaf evergreen in northern South America and the West Indies, Cardinal's guard is grown as an annual in areas outside USDA Zone 10-11. This plant has scarlet red flowers and prefers full sun, although tolerates part shade, humid summers and continuous, even moisture. If grown as a houseplant, reduce watering in the winter and keep in a sunny window.