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Cantua buxifolia (Sacred flower of the Incas or Magic tree)


For 10 months of the year a cantua buxifolia would barely get a be given a first glance let alone a second looking straggly and uninteresting

But in April and May it produces magnificent bright pink flowers with a florescent orange-pink tube and its bedraggled apperence for the rest of the year is forgiven

I also have a plant with just cherry pink flowers

but i think i prefer the the former. There is also another species Cantua bicolor which I bought last year with white and yelow flowers but it hasn’t flowered this year so here’s hoping for next spring. :-)

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Its stunning, what sort of care do you give it?

13 May, 2011


Hi Drc, I keep it in the greenhouse in the winter min temp around +5 then put it outside in May for the summer, after it has finished flowering I cut it back quite hard as it gets very straggly. It is one of my favorite plants the flowers are amazing :-)

14 May, 2011


Thanks Planto.

14 May, 2011


This truly is fantastic!

14 May, 2011


I have to agree fabulous :o)))

31 May, 2011


Thankyou :-))

1 Jun, 2011


I have a Cantua buxifolia in a large container which I bought in late Spring. I live in Northern California close to the Bay. Suddenly the leaves are turning yellow and falling off. The pot has good drainage, the plant gets morning and early afternoon sun - so does anyone know why this is happening?

20 Jul, 2012


Welcome to Goy, I have had this happen a couple of times it was because I let it dry out, they seem to like a bit of moisure at all times, well drained soil is good but dont let the plant dry out completly.
They seem quite resilient and have always recovered well, hope this helps, good growing :o)

20 Jul, 2012


It's beautiful Plantoholic . . . how do you propagate it?

11 Dec, 2012


Thanks Sheila semi-ripe cuttings in summer but they dont always take for me or layering seems to work well :o)

11 Dec, 2012


Thanks . . I shall look out for it!

12 Dec, 2012

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