The name ‘confertiflora’ means with flowers ‘crowded together’. Orange-red spires in Summer and Autumn over crinkled, large leafed foliage. The small, iridescent flowers are plentiful and held within velvety red-brown calyces, on long thin spikes.
– Height with flowers: 100cm – 140cm approx.
– Width: 80cm – 120cm approx.
– Position: Full Sun, and well adapted to Partial Shade. Appreciates Afternoon Shade in hot areas, and happy with some overhead cover. Tolerates humidity well as a native of Brazil. Suitable for sub-tropical areas. Suitable for coastal gardens.
– Soil: Well drained, very adaptable. Is equally happy in lime or acid soils. Equally happy in sandy or loam soils. But all must be well drained.
– Fragrance: Foliage is pungent when crushed.
– Frost: Hardy with some shelter, but will be cut back by hard frosts greater than approximately -1C
– Growth: Perennial
– Beneficial to wildlife: The nectar and pollen rich flowers during late summer and autumn are particularly handy at that late season to small honey eating birds, bees
– Care: Low maintenance. Can be pruned back hard at the end of winter to promote compact growth and more flower stems.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Leaves have a pungent aroma when crushed, so are distasteful to rabbits and deer.
– Origin: Lowland forest and scrubland in Brazil, and other parts of Central and South America