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The common names of this plant are derived from the appearance of the orange-red tubularborne in summer. It is a comparatively recent introduction as a houseplant and has attractive glossy-green, dainty, although somewhat fleshy, evergreen foliage. The plant is of South American origin and only suitable for moderately warm conditions maintained in winter. but an occasional fall below the minimum temperature seems to do little harm.
The plant is useful for slightly shaded positions, more especially during summer. It grows well in peat-based, but a little extra grit can be added to ensure good , and the pot must be well crocked to avoid any chance of waterlogging. Water freely in summer and sparingly in winter. can be done in spring, and established plants propagated by dividing the . Cuttings also usually
readily if taken after flowering. To encourage bushy, branching plants, the shoots of rootedand repotted plants can be pinched out. This will keep the plants compact and give a neat shape.
Chills and overwatering may cause yellowing and deterioration of the foliage. but otherwise the plant has very few troubles.