Ixora coccinea ‘Yellow’ is part of the Rubiaceae family of plants. Ixora coccinea is also known as Burning Love, Flame Flower, Flame of the Woods, West Indian Jasmine, or Penkduli. It is a multi-branched evergreen shrub.
In colder climates, it is grown as an annual as it is tropical and prefers warm climates and acidic soil. In colder climates, it is usually grown as a potted plant indoors. It is native to Southern India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. It is the national flower of Suriname. This plant is used in Hindu worship as well as Ayurveda, Indian traditional medicine.
The flowers are popular for their corymbs of florets. Each tubular flower has four-petal. Ixora coccinea comes in a variety of colors from orange, to red, pink, yellow. The leaves are bright green. They are leathery, and glossy. Ixora coccinea grows between 3 to 8ft or 90cm to 2.4m.
Prune them annually usually in early spring, right before new growth. Plant Ixora coccinea in humus-rich moist soil. Avoid being close to concrete, because of alkaline. Also avoid planting under overhangs or near water spouts, as that damages the leaves. Fertilizing Ixora coccinea always helps maintain acidic levels. Propagate by cuttings, both soft as well semi-hardwood. Watch out for aphids and scale insects, mealy bugs as well as mold, and black fungus.
It is also known by the following names in different countries:
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