What's blooming at the Baltimore Conservatory?
Photo credit: MIchael Lemmon
On Mondays, Garden Variety will be letting you know what's blooming at the Howard Peter Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Garden in Baltimore's Druid Hill Park.
This week, it is Pachystachys Coccinea.
Commonly known as the "Cardinal's Guard," it is part of the Acanthaceae family. This tropical shrub grows 3 to 4 feet tall with soft green leaves and is native to northern South America.
The scarlet red tubular inflorescences grow in spikes up to 6 inches long and are very attractive to hummingbirds.