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Odontonema strictum

Cardinal Spear

Also called "Cardinal Flower", "Cardinal's Guard", "Firespike", and "Firestick". This is a subtropical plant native to Central America but widely grown in warm regions for the showy spikes of red flowers. It is probably a shrub in the tropics but in the southern U.S. it is a perennial that freezes down in winter and comes back in spring. A good winter mulch should assure it's survival in most of the lower South. Plant in a sheltered sunny location with reasonably good soil and irrigation.

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Height
4-6 Feet

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Spread
2-4 Feet

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USDA Hardiness Zone 8-10

Characteristics & Attributes

Growth Rate in the Garden
Moderate
Soil Properties
Well-drained
Sun Requirements
Full Sun to Full Shade