Saturday, March 11, 2006

Pachystachys lutea

Common Name: Golden Candles
Origin: Tropical Central & South America
These shrubby plants can be grown in pots and are commonly seen during Chinese New Year in nurseries because the 'flowers' give the impression of pots of gold. Actually the flowers are the small white ones but the yellow bracts give the impression that the flower is more than that. This was a plant I had some years ago that did not survive probably because we did not give it enough water or nourishment. All I have are the photos to remind me not to grow plants that require a lot of care and attention.

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