Pachystachys: Greenhouse Plants
W – warm, minimum of 13°C (55°F) / T – tropical, minimum of 18°C (65°F)
This is represented in cultivation by the lesser known Pachystachys coccinea and P. lutea which has become much more widely available in recent years. P. coccinea is more demanding in that it prefers a more tropical temperature. It makes a tall plant of 1.2 m (4 ft) before producing its large heads of green bracts and bright red flowers. P. lutea from Peru lives up to its name of Lollipop Plant by freely producing long-lasting heads of bright yellow bracts and white tubular flowers almost continuously throughout the year. During winter, flower production tends to tail off and the plants can be rested for a while before being pruned hard back in the spring. The shoots produced can either be grown on to make a new plant, in which case repotting or top dressing will be necessary, or they can be used asto raise a new batch.