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Ondontonema strictum - Firespike Flowers

Ondontonema strictum - Firespike Flowers (Ondontonema strictum - Firespike Flowers)

A close up of the scarlet flowers. They are so bright red it
doesn't show well on this photo. Photo taken Oct. 12, 2009

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Know this shrub very well - gets out of hand over here very quickly and can take over. You are right about the colour though - you can't tell from a photo just how brilliant the red is.

15 Oct, 2009



Yes, I've seen how wild it can grow...this plant was very small last year. It spreads very quickly...however, it is a very beautiful shrub. I've never had one myself...however, I think I may ask my neighbor for a cutting.

I've always read it only grows to 6 feet / 2 meters...however, I've seen plants more than
10 feet / 3.1 meters tall here.

15 Oct, 2009



15 Oct, 2009


There are lavender and deep mauve ones too, spring rather than fall blooming.

17 Oct, 2009



I have the lavender or hot pink species (Odontonema callistachyum). I've posted a photo last winter. My plant looks like it's developing the flower spikes now...which will probably bloom by Thanksgiving or Christmas.

17 Oct, 2009


You have thousands of photos, and as you can tell, I am just working my way through your treasures. Great for the rainy, cold days now blowing in.

18 Oct, 2009



Yes, I do have a lot of photos. I hope you enjoy all the plant photos! : > )

19 Oct, 2009

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