Today, I want to introduce a striking, flowering plant from my garden. Some of its common names are Sunset Bells, Black Flamingo, Copper Leaf and Squarestem. Its scientific name is Chrysothemis Pulchella.
Sunset Bells have bright and striking yellow flowers with reddish orange stripes and spots on its petals.
The bright yellow flowers are supported by bright reddish orange calyces.
And there are very fine white hair on the outerside of the yellow flowers.
The flowers and calyces comes in small clusters supported by green stalks.
The bright yellow flowers last only 1 to 2 days but the bright reddish orange calyces last a long time.
The veined leaves are dark and glossy, purplish in colour.
They are velvety/leathery textured with toothed edges.
The underside of leaves are veined and purple in colour.
The stems are green, thick and succulent.
Sunset Bells is a tropical plant.
It grows well in normal moist garden soil with good water drainage.
Just make sure the soil is not to dry or too wet.
It only needs fertilizing once in few weeks.
Sunset Bells are grown as ornamental plants.
It is suitable for growing in containers or pots.
Its roots are not deep growing and is suitable for growing in shallow pots.
So far I have propagated this plant through stem cuttings.
It is easy to grow and easy to maintain. It is pest and trouble free.
"I have told you these things,
so that in Me you may have peace.
In this world you will have trouble.
But take heart! I have overcome the world."
(John 16:33, NIV)