Plant height is about 3 feet and has red-tipped yellow flowers starting May and continuing sporadically through August. Seed pods are fuzzy green, which in themselves are attractive.
Pronunciation: KAN-uh bra-sill-ee-EN-sis
Species Meaning: Of or from Brazil
General information says they are zone 10, which means that frost would kill them, but they can regenerate from an underground tuber which should survive unless the ground freezes. That means it should be safe for us to grow here and leave out over winter. Will certainly keep one mother plant safe in the greenhouse over winter.
However, I noticed that late fall, the plant was beginning to look as if it would die back. I brought it into the greenhouse and immediately it is putting on new growth. Potted up into a 2 gallon pot 10/18.
3/14/21 started to bloom today.
Abrade a small portion of each seed with sand paper or on a rough brick or similar, then soak seeds for 24 hours before sowing ¾” deep. Keep in a propagator or warm place, at between 20 and 25 degrees C, and do not exclude light. Germination can be erratic, usually taking between 2 to 12 months, sometimes longer, so do not discard the seed pots. Pot on small plants frequently in a coarse loose compost to achieve huge plants very quickly.
4/23/18 scratched up the seeds and placed in warm water.
4/24/18 planted. Put on heat
6/8/18 No signs of germination.
The one plant has done really well this year. It put up several bloom stalks and set seed. I now have about 3 dozen seeds and will try some of those this year. If they germinate, I may try selling some of these seeds given that they go for $1 a seed on several sites.
Dec 16 2020 – Some of the seeds from last year were abraded and soaked. 10 seeds sown in 2 pots. 1 on heat. First signs of germination from on heat 1/29/21. About 60% germination so far.
I do have a few seeds available for sale. 5 seeds are $8 including shipping. If interested please send an email to email@example.com
In Our Garden
Plant ID: P20166 | Seed ID: S1804
Found in Greenhouse,
Currently in the greenhouse for temperature protection. Will go outside soon.
We acquired this plant from Plant World Seeds.