On Jun 9, 2005, sdlady from San Diego, CA (Zone 11) wrote:
My row of shrubs, in the ground many years, has been sheared annually into a 6' hedge after the winter bloom period is over. Planted in a dry area on the side of my house, they are truly drought tolerant, subsisting on rain water only, which in coastal San Diego averages 11 inches per year between November and April. The plentiful watermelon red blooms are charming; the new growth a lovely bronze with a graceful arching form.
On Oct 11, 2003, TerriFlorida from Plant City, FL wrote:
I am far enough inland that my dwarf form of this species, C. h. 'Nana' may not survive the winter. I am in zone 9b usually, it depends on what kind of winter we have. I know the species survived many years at a friend's place who is also 9b. I chose to find the smaller cultivar, which is supposed to stay at 4' tall or so, so it would be easier to protect during frosts.
These are beautiful plants. The red flowers are about 2" across, and the red is soft, it is an easy color to garden around. The shrubs are nearly always wider than tall, making a big fountain effect. They bloom a lot, always a big plus in shrubs! Since they are high-light shrubs, growing indoors is risky. But, if you invest in grow lights, it might be worth the effort for the winter color.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
La Mesa, California San Diego, California (2 reports) Bartow, Florida Bellair-meadowbrook Terrace, Florida Gainesville, Florida Homosassa, Florida Lauderdale-by-the-sea, Florida Oldsmar, Florida Pembroke Pines, Florida Plant City, Florida Saint Cloud, Florida Seffner, Florida