|Neutral ||Monocromatico ||On Oct 3, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:
This is a beautiful shrub from the brazilian coastal areas. It grows up to 3-4m high, but I found blooming plants that were 50cm tall, at most.
It has shiny green leaves that are pink-bronze when young. The flowers are small, bell shaped, pendulous, white, very fragrant. They open at nights expecting to atract moths, but they stay on the plant in the next day, even conserving it's perfume, atracting also butterflies this way. Sometimes the tube can get somewhat transparent, so you can see the nectar drops in the botton of the bell.
It stops its growth while blooming, so after it stops blooming the beautiful, delicate flowers, it shouts the young leaves and branches, coloring the plant with pink-bronze, making it an interesting specimen even when without flowers.
It likes full sun, white, sandy soil, high temperature all the year and regular watering.