Ixora coccinea, commonly known as jungle geranium, is a species of flowering plant in the family Rubiaceae. It is native to tropical Asia, and is widely cultivated in the tropics as an ornamental plant.
I. coccinea is a shrub or small tree growing to 3–8 m (10–26 ft) tall. The leaves are evergreen, opposite, simple, 6–18 cm (2.4–7.1 in) long and 3–8 cm (1.2–3.1 in) broad. The flowers are borne in clusters of 2-7, each flower 5-7 cm (2-3 in) diameter, with four petals that are usually red, but can also be white, pink, or yellow. The fruit is a drupe, 5–10 mm (0.20–0.39 in) diameter, ripening red to purple.
This plant is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant in tropical and subtropical regions. It is used as a hedge plant, as well as in gardens and parks. I. coccinea is also used in traditional medicine.
How to care:
Ixora coccinea is a relatively easy plant to care for, and can thrive in a variety of conditions.
Ixora coccinea prefers bright, indirect light but can tolerate some direct sun.
Water your Ixora coccinea when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings to prevent root rot.
Feed your Ixora coccinea monthly with a balanced fertilizer during the growing season.
Prune as needed to shape and control growth.
Type of Soil:
Jungle geranium prefers a well-drained, sandy soil.
Jungle geranium prefers warm temperatures and will not tolerate frost.
Jungle geranium prefers high humidity, but will tolerate average household humidity levels.
Jungle geranium can be propagated from seed or cuttings.
Pest and Disease Control:
Ixora coccinea is relatively resistant to pests and diseases, but can be susceptible to mealybugs, scale, and root rot.
Jungle geranium is commonly used as a hedge plant or in foundation plantings. It can also be used as an accent plant or in containers.