Crossandra greenstockii

Water Needs

low, water wise

Crossandra greenstockii
Perennial
Bushveld Crossandra

30 cm

Size

Light Conditions

sun

Frost

hardy

Flowers

orange-red October, November, December, January, February, March, April, May, June; spring summer autumn winter

sun, acid soils, grassland, rockery

Garden Situation

Habitat

bushveld, rocky places, grassland

Region

Highveld, Subtropical East Coast, Bushveld

Rain Season

summer

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Description

A brightly-coloured herb or perennial in grassland and woodland. Red-orange flowers with a bright yellow centre on erect stems above bright green leaves from October to June. Leaves form rosettes from a central base, broad with wavy, unevenly lobed margins. Plant if full sun in well-drained acid soils. Sprouts annually as do many grassland species. Seed capsules react to moisture, splitting open explosively to ensure seed is distributed far from the mother plant. Wet hairs become sticky and adher to the soil to improve germination. Propagate by seed: Crossandra greenstockii seeds will usually germinate in 25-30 days, but germination can be erratic. Sow Crossandra greenstockii seeds on the surface of moist compost, use a translucent cover to allow in light and keep the compost humid and warm (do not place in direct sunlight). Images by Emmarie Otto

Crossandra greenstockii
Crossandra greenstockii