Sacred Flower Of The Incas

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Sacred Flower Of The Incas

Postby TJS » Tue Mar 03, 2009 3:04 pm

Hi all!

Can anyone give me any information on "The Sacred Flower Of The Incas (Cantua buxifolia)" as information seems to be somewhat limited? :?

Has anyone got a specimen? Or know someone who has a speciemen? What conditions do they enjoy? Light/shade... (#) .., soil types?..... Lifespan of the plant?..... Pruning tips?..... Height?..... width?..... frost tolerant......, etc etc...

I have seen these flower and WOW!!!!! You will not forget that sight in a hurry!!! :shock:

Eagerly awaiting responces!
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Re: Sacred Flower Of The Incas

Postby abwal » Tue Mar 03, 2009 8:47 pm

From 'What Flower Is That' by Stirling Macoboy:

' It enjoys a light, leaf-rich, well-drained soil and a sunny, sheltered position; it is remarkably drought resistant.............In Australia, I have seen it only in mountain gardens where the drainage is above suspicion. It develops a rather leggy habit, with slender branches bowed down by the weight of long tubular flowers that appear continuously for many weeks in spring. These are purplish-red at their flared tips, with the tubes striped yellow........ The shrub can grow to 2m.... needs staked support......lightly tip-pruned after bloom.'
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Re: Sacred Flower Of The Incas

Postby bubba louie » Tue Mar 03, 2009 9:12 pm

I've seen it on that auction site that I can't mention here. I've been tempted but it's never cheap and I doubted my ability to grow it here.

It seems to come in more than one colour.
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Re: Sacred Flower Of The Incas

Postby TJS » Wed Mar 04, 2009 11:11 am

It seems to come in more than one colour.


Yes I have seen it in yellow with white tips

and

dark pink/purple with light pink tips. Its gorgeous.

So no-one actually has one?
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Re: Sacred Flower Of The Incas

Postby Lin » Thu Mar 12, 2009 12:10 pm

There's one growing in the Hobart Botanical Gardens, and when we saw it last November it was past it's best as far as flowering goes, as you can see by the number of old flowers on the bush.
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Cantua buxifolia f. alba
The main reason I took note of it was that the propagation teacher in my TAFE course had described it to us with great enthusiasm after we had seen one growing (although not in flower) at a garden we visited last year.
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Re: Sacred Flower Of The Incas

Postby bubba louie » Tue Jan 17, 2012 4:15 pm

I'm resurrecting this topic because I'm very tempted to try growing one.

Has anyone got anything to add? According to google it should grow in the subtropics.
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Re: Sacred Flower Of The Incas

Postby Systema_Naturae » Tue Feb 14, 2012 6:03 pm

The first time I saw this plant in flower I thought it looked a bit like Common Heath (Epacris impressa) on steroids from afar.

I've never grown it but have seen it in one or two gardens around Melbourne.
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