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About Odonotonema strictum

Firespike is one of the few red tubular flowers to bloom in autumn and is very popular with hummingbirds and all kinds of butterflies. Unfortunately, white-tailed deer love firespike too, and will eat the leaves.

Defoliated plants will grow new leaves, but if the deer persist, the plant eventually will be killed. Odontonema strictum is a species of plant in the family Acanthaceae which is endemic to South America. The plant

Plant Specifications

*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name Firespike.
Maximum Reachable Height Upto 2 Meter.
Flower Colour Red
Bloom Time Late summer through winter.
Difficulty Level Easy.

Planting and care

If frost or freezing temperatures threaten, cover the firespike bushes to protect them. If they do get frozen, it will kill off the growth above ground, but it will usually grow back in the spring as soon as the soil warms. Firespike plant care also includes keeping them from taking over your flower beds. When the branches get too long or unruly, prune them back. Do this two or three times a year for the best looking plants.

Odonotonema strictum care

Give firespikes plenty of room to grow when you plant them. Space the small bushes 24 to 36 inches apart. They will fill in this space in a few years, creating a single wall of glossy green leaves and spikes of flaming blooms.

Sunlight Full sun to partial shade.
Watering Keep the soil moist. Once established it can tolerate draught but You should water even established plants if it hasn t rained for more than two or three weeks.
Soil Well-drained soil.
Temperature Hardiness upto 40 degrees F.
Fertilizer A balanced fertilizer (10-10-5) or equivalent can be used monthly from June through october.

Odonotonema strictum uses

Ornamental Use:

  • Used in landscapes and mixed shrub borders

Frequently Asked Questions

What is another name for a Odonotonema strictum ?

Odonotonema strictum is commonly known as Firespike.

How tall do Odonotonema strictum grow?

On average Odonotonema strictum grows Upto 2 Meter.

What color are Odonotonema strictum ?

A Odonotonema strictum plant bears flowers of color Red

When Odonotonema strictum blooms?

With enough light, Odonotonema strictum may produce Red flowers in Late summer through winter.

How hard is Odonotonema strictum to grow?

A Odonotonema strictum is Easy.

How much sunlight does a Odonotonema strictum need?

A Odonotonema strictum prefers Full sun to partial shade.

How much water does a Odonotonema strictum need?

A Odonotonema strictum prefers watering Keep the soil moist. Once established it can tolerate draught but You should water even established plants if it hasn t rained for more than two or three weeks.

What kind of soil does a Odonotonema strictum need?

A Odonotonema strictum prefers Well-drained soil.

What temperature does a Odonotonema strictum like?

A Odonotonema strictum prefers Hardiness upto 40 degrees F.

How often should I fertilize my Odonotonema strictum ?

To encourage Odonotonema strictum growth, A balanced fertilizer (10-10-5) or equivalent can be used monthly from June through october.

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