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Columnea erythrophaea

Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution
Grown at the Smithsonian Institution greenhouses

C. erythrophaea is a fine species for home growing.  It is vigorous, upright and spreading (not particularly trailing), with woody stems.  Very free-flowering when given good culture, it has large burnt orange flowers held beneath the stems on long pedicels.   Great for an east-facing window.  C. erythrophaea is similar in some respects to C. rubricaulisA photo of a whole plant can be seen here, and of a somewhat different form of the species here.



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