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Brazilian Red Cloak

Megaskepasma erythrochlamys

Family: Acanthaceae (ah-kanth-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Megaskepasma (me-gas-kee-PAS-muh) (Info)
Species: erythrochlamys (er-ith-roh-KLAM-is) (Info)
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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade



Bloom Color:

Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Mid Winter




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Sacramento, California

San Diego, California

San Marino, California

Bartow, Florida

Big Pine Key, Florida

Boca Raton, Florida (2 reports)

Brooksville, Florida

Cape Coral, Florida

Clearwater, Florida

Cocoa Beach, Florida

Delray Beach, Florida

Englewood, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Homestead, Florida

Melbourne, Florida

Miami, Florida (3 reports)

Naples, Florida (2 reports)

North Palm Beach, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Pompano Beach, Florida

Port Charlotte, Florida (2 reports)

Punta Gorda, Florida

Sanford, Florida

Sarasota, Florida (3 reports)

Seminole, Florida

Tampa, Florida (2 reports)

Titusville, Florida

Venice, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida (2 reports)

Lafayette, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

Youngsville, Louisiana

Coal Center, Pennsylvania

Brazoria, Texas

Fulton, Texas

Houston, Texas (2 reports)

Humble, Texas

Los Fresnos, Texas

Spring, Texas (2 reports)

Weimar, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 25, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Also known as red Justicia, though the taxonomists have removed it from genus Justicia.


On Jul 25, 2016, emilymoncrief from Fulton, TX wrote:

My husband and I planted a Brazilian Red Cloak plant 2 years ago in our tropical garden in Rockport/Fulton, Texas. I believe that we bought it from our local master gardener's semi-annual plant sale. It is now about 8 feet tall and is blooming profusely. Our plant is a deep pink in color and is planted in a partly sunny location in our front yard. We usually do not have freezes on the Texas gulf coast. Our town is 30 miles east of Corpus Christi. It does get very hot and humid here in the summer, yet it does not seem to bother this hardy bush. I am extremely happy with this plant's performance.


On Jun 5, 2014, msadesign from Naples, FL wrote:

This plant is thriving with heavy rich flowers in deep shade at the Naples Botanical Garden near the Brazilian Garden, where it is about 5' high; I don't think it will reach the listed 15' but I am watching it.

This one is a true gem that deserves wider use and is commercially available (but limited). I suspect protection from western summer sun is in order. Winter flowers in deep shade? Like nirvana!

I'm new here- when I figure out how to post photos, I will.


On Mar 16, 2014, bambooguy from Port Charlotte, FL wrote:

Have had this plant for 4 years . Last year was the first year it bloomed . It was in lots of shade with afternoon sun . I love this plant . I live in port charlotte fla. I had to move it to an area where it's beauty would seen . It transplanted easily . I 've started two pots from cuttings , very easy to start . bambooguy


On Nov 26, 2013, Abutilon from Coal Center, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Beautiful plant in our warm seasons and in the greenhouse.
Got lots of notice from hummingbirds and visitors :)


On Jul 10, 2013, Remaxmary from Spring, TX wrote:

I loved my Red Cloak last year. In one year it grew to about 10 feet tall and was full of beautiful red flowers. In Spring, Texas it lasted the winter and has grown another two feet this summer. has no flowers. Am I to anxious or is it to early to have flowers? (July)


On Jan 25, 2013, kjeaaj from Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

I planted several of these plants a few months ago in a shady part of our garden. I understand that they will eventually get 10+ feet. I am patiently waiting for privacy that they will someday give.

Does any one have experience growing these in mostly partly shady conditions? How fast do they typically grow given that they are properly maintained? They are about 2.5 feet tall now; How long should it take for them to be about 6 feet tall?


On Feb 28, 2011, FrankSchena from Miami, FL wrote:

There was already a huge mature plant in my Miami yard when I moved there in 2008. It blooms constantly, although less in summer. We had our coldest weather in 20 years last year, but it still kept going, but some of the leaves got tattered. The local spot-breasted and wintering Baltimore orioles come to sip nectar from the floweres. Also ruby-throated hummingbirds use it too.


On Oct 8, 2009, TOMMARYANNE from Port Charlotte, FL wrote:



On Oct 29, 2008, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

They also last very well as cut flowers for arrangements.


On Feb 29, 2008, Dutchlady1 from Naples, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

I'm very happy with this profusely blooming and striking plant; it gets full sun until the height of summer when it is shaded by the mango tree under which it was planted.


On Jan 31, 2008, wilting_in_sac from Sacramento, CA wrote:

Planted two last year and both were killed by an unusually cold Sacramento winter where we had 2 periods in the low 20s. Bought a new one last fall and so far, although it has dropped all its leaves, it's still alive down to 32 degrees and will hopefully come back in the spring. It tolerates but burns leaves in the direct afternoon Sacramento sun but seems to love the heat. It has been the home to a pair of very friendly mantises who camouflage perfectly against its leaves.


On Oct 2, 2006, bburns50 from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Have had this plant for two years. First year it did not bloom. This year (second year) it started blooming in June and is still blooming (Oct.). It is beautiful. Required lots of water the first year. This year it has needed minimal water in filtered shade.


On Aug 27, 2006, bonrig from Saint Petersburg, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

I planted 3 one gallon pots of these 2 years ago. They have now grown into a thick beautiful hedge 8 feet tall and about 10 feet wide. The flowers are beautiful and I have blooms all year long. Also, mine is grown in full sun.


On Mar 15, 2005, jnana from South Florida, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:


On Jun 2, 2004, beverlyf from Weimar, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I got this plant last year 2003, I am anxious to see it bloom this year. The plant is looking healthy and beautiful. Waiting for a bloom.