Megaskepasma erythrochlamys /Brazilian Red Cloak

Megaskepasma erythrochlamys   / Megaskepasma erythrochlamys
Flowers and foiliage
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Flowers and foiliage

Red bracts enclose white bracts

Closer view of flowers

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Scientific Name: Megaskepasma erythrochlamys
Common Name: Brazilian Red Cloak
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 10-15 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Fall, Winter
Flower color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Medium
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Comments: A shrub-like tropical perennial that has small white flowers surrounded by flaming red bracts (sometime pink) that are the showy part of the blossoms. Plant has to be well established, generally 2 or more years, before flowering occurs. Deadheading spent flower branches helps controlling the size and keep the red cloak cleaner looking beautiful. Hummingbirds are atracted to its nectar. Mealy bugs attack this plant.