Friday, 6 August 2010

Schaueria flavicoma - "Golden Plume"

This is a fairly new introduction to Singapore and NParks has been using these to landscape some of the parks and public spaces such as the Hort Park. Originating from Brazil, the Schaueria flavicoma or Golden Plume belongs to the Acanthaceae family of plants. It is an evergreen shrub which can grow to about 3 to 4 ft and is best grown in part shade. It requires regular moisture (dislikes dry hot weather) and prefers well-drained, neutral to slightly acid pH soil. I noticed that it doesn't flower all the time.

I transplanted some cuttings to another pot and placed them in a different area and both are flowering at the same time. As it has been raining quite substantially, bringing down the temperatures slightly, I suspect that they probably flower more readily in cooler, wetter conditions. Anyhow, they are fairly easy to grow and seem to thrive quite well on neglect. Propagation is best done through stem cuttings, just below the nodes.

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