A brilliant foliage plant with crimson upper leaves that look ready to burst into flame. Lower leaves are deep chocolate and crimson. These 1 m (3 ft) plants will be a showpiece! Origin: The Tropics.
Sow seed outdoors as soon as soil can be worked. Cover seed very lightly and keep the soil moist until all seedlings appear. For earlier flowers start seed indoors 2 to 3 weeks in advance of intended date for moving the plants to the garden. Lightly cover the seed with soil. Germinates best at at 21 C (70 F), usually in 7 to 14 days. Grow on at 18 C (65 F). These plants prefer a hot, dry location with good drainage. Feed plants weekly with 10-52-17 fertilizer and organic seaweed to encourage root development. Garden spacing 60 cm (24 in).