Columnea sanguinea ‘Orange King’

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  • Previous Name: Columnea cinnabarina, Columnea purpurata, Dalbergaria sanguinea 'Orange King',
  • Photographer: Dale Martens
  • Grown by: Selby Gardens

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C. sanguinea is a variable species. Some specimens, such as the one illustrated here, have orange or red fimbriate calyces, while more typical ones have white or yellowish calyces and flowers. The species can grow to enormous size, with stiff spreading stems more than a metre long, and leaves up to 30 cm.

In some clones of the species, the leaves have a large red blotch on the back, which will facilitate identification of potential flowers for hummingbirds.