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Crossandra Plant Care

By Brandii Lacey

Crossandra is a tropical plant producing flower spikes in red, yellow, orange, gold and lilac. It’s often referred to as the firecracker flower due to its vibrant bloom colors.

About

Crossandra is a member of the Acanthus family. It’s native to Madasgascar, Africa and the East Indies. Crossandra ranges from 12 inches to 3 feet. The plant is grown both indoors and outdoors.

Considerations

Crossandra thrives in warm weather, but requires a minimum winter outdoor temperature of 55 degrees Fahrenheit. It prefers partial to full sun, and can be grown indoors or outdoors.

Plant the crossandra in well-drained soil. Provide enough water to moisten the soil throughout. Allow the top inch of soil to dry out between watering.

Benefits

Crossandra plants have an extended bloom season from spring through fall. Flowers are often used as necklaces or as hair decorations.

Prevention/Solution

Prune spent blooms away from the crossandra to promote continuous blooms. Prune decaying or dead stems away from the plant as well. Proper pruning helps the crossandra thrive during its long flowering season.

 

About the Author

 

Brandii Lacey began writing in 1997 at "The Mountain Times" in Boone, N.C. Her articles appear on Trails.com, GardenGuides and eHow Home & Garden. She provides travel and lifestyle content for LIVESTRONG.COM. Lacey is the senior plays editor and on the nonfiction editorial team for "Mused Literary Review" magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Science in communications from Appalachian State University.