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PlantFiles: Sanchezia
Sanchezia speciosa

Family: Acanthaceae (ah-kanth-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Sanchezia (san-CHEH-zee-uh) (Info)
Species: speciosa (spee-see-OH-suh) (Info)

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6 members have or want this plant for trade.


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
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5 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive CostaRica On Sep 4, 2013, CostaRica from Guayabo de Bagaces, Guanacaste
Costa Rica (Zone 10b) wrote:

I planted a small cutting and have seen it grow to over 8 ft tall in the Turrialba area of Costa Rica. Hummingbirds love it!

Positive Scogebear On Oct 22, 2009, Scogebear from Boca Raton, FL wrote:

I have 4-5 of these plants I put along the southern fence in my yard a few years ago. I've been happy with them. Required occasional watering the first couple years. They've died back the past two years after the weather went into the 40s. I cut them back a little and they came back nicely in the spring.

Positive petenpalm86 On Oct 12, 2007, petenpalm86 from Lake Worth, FL wrote:

Mine are five feet tall, dense and grow in partial shade. They have survived 38F with no damage. Need a lot of water.

Neutral inexplicable1 On Mar 2, 2007, inexplicable1 from Brandon, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Still have mediocre effects of this plant. Have had it on the southern corner of my house under lots of bamboo. Maybe not enough sun.

Positive BayAreaTropics On Oct 20, 2005, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

Very attractive foliage plant. I grew one for years outdoors in full sun-plus it got some reflected warmth from a wall. And i was surprised at how well and fast it grew. It even bloomed-in February! Give it a very large pot or half barrel, plenty of water and lots of fertilizer. You will be the only one on the Bay Area block to have one.

Update 2007

This winter's week of near or lower than freezing temps killed one small Sanchezia-but not a second. My recommendation is to always take cuttings in the event of a cold winter; it's worth it. No other plant like this one around here.
Positive Monocromatico On Apr 5, 2004, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

This is an erect and semi-herbaceous shrub from Equator that can grow up to 2 meters tall when blooming.

It has gorgeous leaves, deep green with white main and secondary veins, making it look like a Zebra Plant (Aphelandra squarrosa). The floral spikes are apical, with red/orange/gold bracts protecting tubular yellow flowers that atract hummingbirds.

It likes full sun, regular watering, fertile soil and high temperatures.

The foliage and bloom make it a perfect plant for sunny and warm places.


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

Hayward, California
Big Pine Key, Florida
Boca Raton, Florida
Bokeelia, Florida
Fort Mc Coy, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Lake Worth, Florida
Lecanto, Florida (2 reports)
Pompano Beach, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Tarpon Springs, Florida
Wellborn, Florida
Zolfo Springs, Florida
Kihei, Hawaii

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