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Dicliptera suberecta

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Kemper Code:  W340

Common Name: dicliptera
Zone: 8 to 10
Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Acanthaceae
Missouri Native: No
Native Range: Uruguay
Height: 1.5 to 2 feet
Spread: 1.5 to 2 feet
Bloom Time: July - September  
Bloom Color: Reddish-orange
Sun: Full sun
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Medium

Plant Culture and Characteristics

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  Uses:       Wildlife:   Flowers:   Leaves:   Fruit:
Hedge Suitable as annual Attracts birds Has showy flowers Leaves colorful Has showy fruit
Shade tree Culinary herb Attracts Has fragrant flowers Leaves fragrant Fruit edible
Street tree Vegetable   hummingbirds Flowers not showy Good fall color   Other:
Flowering tree Water garden plant Attracts Good cut flower Evergreen Winter interest
Gr. cover (<1') Will naturalize   butterflies Good dried flower     Thorns or spines

General Culture:

Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates some light shade and drought. Winter hardy to Zones 8-10, and will not survive St. Louis winters. Grow in containers or hanging baskets in the St. Louis area. Cuttings may be taken and overwintered indoors.

Noteworthy Characteristics:

Dicliptera suberecta is a tender perennial that features ovate, velvety, gray-hairy leaves (to 2 1/2" long) and two-lipped, tubular reddish-orange flowers (1-3/4" long). Typically grows in a shrubby mound to 18-24" tall and as wide. Blooms summer into fall. Flowers are attractive to hummingbirds, hence the sometimes common name of hummingbird plant. Synonymous with Jacobina suberecta.


No serious insect or disease problems.


Containers or hanging baskets.

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