What's blooming at Baltimore's Rawlings Conservatory?
Photo credit: Michael Lemmon
Generally known as the Red Cloak, this gorgeous tropical produces large crimson and pink spikes with white flowers that last for months. The genus name means “large covering” and its dense, shiny green foliage grows upright and lush, making it ideal as an ornamental shrub or hedge.
Native to the woodlands of Venezuela, this plant will thrive in full to part sun and will grow to 8 to 12 feet. It requires little maintenance and can tolerate a light freeze but does best in zones 9-11.
Keep it moist in warmer months, less so when it’s cool and in a well-draining soil.