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Firespike (Odontonema strictum)

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Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8a -12.2 °C (10 °F) to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Plant Height: 6 - 8'
Plant Spread: 6 - 8'
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Purple
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Attracts Bees
Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Hummingbirds
Suitable for xeriscaping
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip


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By Sharon, October 29, 2011

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Posted by flaflwrgrl (Lake City, Fl. - Zone 8b) on Sep 18, 2011 8:03 PM

Hummingbirds absolutely ADORE this shrub! They will be attracted to your yard by this shrub.

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Posted by terrafirma (Jacksonville, Fl. - Zone 9a) on Sep 22, 2013 11:49 AM

Here in NE.Fl. this plant will die back in the winter and will reliably return after the spring clean up. It is said to attain a height/spread of 6-8'. In an area where there is no die back, i.e., a milder climate, I have seen it attain nearly twice that in height. It is a magnet for hummingbirds and butterflies alike.

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