A. speciosus is a large-growing species that can form enormous baskets. It can, however, be grown and flowered at much smaller sizes. It has contributed its free-flowering nature and bright colors to hybrids, notably A. ‘Rigel’ and A. ‘Black Pagoda’.
This unfortunate specimen was badly infested by mealy bugs at the time the photo was taken. In a popular public facility like Allan Gardens, it is difficult to maintain a chemical regime that might control such pests. Integrated pest management, which makes use of various biological controls, is generally successful but does allow occasional outbreaks of damaging insects, usually on individual plants.