Cantua buxifolia – Sacred flower of the Incas

This is an evergreen shrub with an open habit that benefits from pruning, growing to about 2½M. Gorgeous clusters of 8cm long tubular flowers, orange at the base and flared pink at the tip.

Cantua buxifolia seems to be rather hardier than is generally reported, and provides an eye-catching spectacle in spring. There are several of these around Motueka.

Click here to view the Cantua buxifolia page in Karin’s Garden.