Megaskepasma erythrochlamys

Megaskepasma erythrochlamys

An eye-catching member of the Acanthaceae family of plants is the frost-sensitive shrub known as Brazilian red cloak (ht 2-3m). It has vibrant crimson bracts in bold spikes held above huge, glossy, veined leaves. The foliage provides a useful tropical-looking effect for the rest of the year, like some of the other members of the Acanthaceae family, such as Justicia carnea and the Rhinacanthus beesianus. It will grow in sun or shade, and grows well even next to trees. Flowering seems to be best in a sunny position. There are many specimens in the Botanic Gardens in Sydney, where they start to bloom around May and continue through winter. It should be pruned back after flowering. It grows easily from cuttings - use the material from its annual pruning.

Flowers in May, June, July.