UsesShrub, Groundcover, Border
Common NamesFlame of the Woods (Orange Species)
Scientific NameIxora coccinea (Orange Species)
Cold HardinessNot extremely cold hardy
Light NeedsFull Sun, still flowers in light shade
Flower ColorBright Red, Pink, Yellow, Salmon
BloomsAll year
Water NeedsDrough Tolerant
LeavesMedium-Deep Green
Life – A/P lengthPerennial
Mature Height 3 feet
Growth RateSlow
Strip of Ixora
Strip of Ixora – Click to Enlarge

Ixora is a generously flowering plant. With its origins in Tropical Asia, it does well in Orlando, especially if you put them in pots that can be moved into the garage when temperatures plummet. They have leathery leaves, from about 3 to 6 inches and the tiny, star-shaped flowers grow in clusters, sometimes reaching 7 or 8 inches across.

The nice thing about this plant is that its color varieties allow a wonderful opportunity to rainbow a garden with them. Check with your nursery to see all the varieties this family of plants is capable of producing. They love sitting around a sunny patio or pool. Ixoras also make a great choice for bonsai specimens. Be sure to remember that they are very susceptible to drying out and need regular, thorough watering, but be careful not to overwater. You want their roots to grow far enough down to protect them from drought. Enjoy Ixora’s bountiful blooms all summer long.


Buy at an Orlando Nursery near you

  • Pokey’s Lake Jem Citrus Nursery

    3259 N. Orange Blossom Trail Zellwood, FL 32798

    Only Fruit Trees, no shipping