|Cape Honeysuckle, Tecomaria capensis.|
March 15, 2006.
Sun City, Arizona.
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Cape Honeysuckle is a five to ten foot high shrub with pinnate leaves and racemes of orange-salmon funnelform 2 inch wide flowers. Native to South Africa. Hardy to at least 22°F.
Commonly used for screening and decorative purposes.
Attracts hummingbirds, creates a tropical effect.
Height: 5 - 10 feet tall, spread 4 to 6 feet.
Flowers: On terminal clusters of trumpet-shaped orange or red-orange flowers about 2 inches long.
Blooming Time: Late March to October.
Leaves: Leaves are pinnately compound; 4 inches long, dark green and glossy, with pointed serrate leaflets.
Found: The USDA claims Tecomaria capensis is native to the USA (FL), USA+ (PR). It is also native to South Tropical Africa: Mozambique. South Africa: Thr Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga; & Swaziland. It is naturalized in Macaronesia: Spain: The Canary Islands; Australia: Queensland New Zealand; the South America Caribbean: Barbados; Cuba; Hispaniola; Jamaica; Puerto Rico. We have also seen it growing throughout Mexico, & Peru.
Elevation: Native from 600 to 2,500 feet.
Soil pH requirements:
Habitat: Alkaline, well-drained/light soils. An ideal landscape plant in Arizona.
Miscellaneous: Flowering Photos Taken March 15, 2006. Sun City, Arizona.
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