Pronounciation: Di-clip-TEAR-a sub-e-REC-ta
USDA 7 - 11
Landscape Use: Landscape borders as a flowering accent shrub in oasis (mixed or transition) water use design motifs, hanging baskets, hummingbirds.
Form & Character: Open (unless well irrigated), spreading and informal.
Growth Habit: Evergreen mostly herbaceous perennial, moderately sprawling to 3 feet in height with a greater spread.
Foliage/Texture: Leaves are ovate to 2.5 inches long (mostly smaller), grayish green, velvety tomentose on arching tomentose grayish green stems, very short petioles; medium texture.
Flowers & Fruits: Brick red to orange flowers many on a terminal cymes subtended by 2 to 4 conspicuous but not showy bracts, corolla tubular, brick red to 1.75 inches long, fruit an ovoid to sub-orbicular cap.
Seasonal Color: Spring and Fall flowers
Light: Full sun, avoid reflected light, partial western shade best.
Soil: Tolerant as long as well drained.
Watering: Regular water in summer, otherwise none needed during cooler times of the year.
Pruning: Head back in late winter to encourage robust re-growth during spring.
Propagation: Softwood cuttings during late spring.
Disease and pests: Root rot in poorly drained soils especially if the plants are over irrigated.
Additional comments: King's crown is little used in the Phoenix area, but probably should be. It's an excellent flowering accent shrub and it's tubular flowers attract hummingbirds. The genus Dicliptera consists of over 150 species from tropical and temperate regions worldwide.