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Maracas Brazilian Fireworks

Porphyrocoma pohliana 'Maracas'

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Maracas Brazilian Fireworks (Porphyrocoma pohliana 'Maracas') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Porphyrocoma pohliana 'Maracas' flowers

Porphyrocoma pohliana 'Maracas' flowers

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Plant Height:  8 inches

Flower Height:  12 inches

Spacing:  12 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Other Names:  Purple Shrimp, Blue Shrimp, Rose Pine Cones

Description:

An attractive tropical plant with very ornamental leaves of deep green, with bright silver veins; terminal spikes of purple flowers, surrounded by bright red bracts are stunning and bloom year round; excellent in borders, beds or containers

Features & Attributes

Maracas Brazilian Fireworks features showy spikes of purple tubular flowers with scarlet bracts rising above the foliage from early spring to late winter. Its attractive pointy leaves remain dark green in color with distinctive silver veins throughout the year.

This is an herbaceous evergreen houseplant with a mounded form. This plant may benefit from an occasional pruning to look its best.

Planting & Growing

When grown indoors, Maracas Brazilian Fireworks can be expected to grow to be about 8 inches tall at maturity extending to 12 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 14 inches. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. This houseplant performs well in both bright or indirect sunlight and strong artificial light, and can therefore be situated in almost any well-lit room or location. It prefers to grow in average to moist soil. The surface of the soil shouldn't be allowed to dry out completely, and so you should expect to water this plant once and possibly even twice each week. Be aware that your particular watering schedule may vary depending on its location in the room, the pot size, plant size and other conditions; if in doubt, ask one of our experts in the store for advice. It is not particular as to soil type or pH; an average potting soil should work just fine.

There are many factors that will affect the ultimate height, spread and overall performance of a plant when grown indoors; among them, the size of the pot it's growing in, the amount of light it receives, watering frequency, the pruning regimen and repotting schedule. Use the information described here as a guideline only; individual performance can and will vary. Please contact the store to speak with one of our experts if you are interested in further details concerning recommendations on pot size, watering, pruning, repotting, etc.

-- THIS IS A TROPICAL PLANT AND SHOULD NOT BE EXPECTED TO SURVIVE THE WINTER OUTDOORS IN OUR CLIMATE --

 
 
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Garden  Container  Basket 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Attracts Wildlife 
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