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Care of the plant Metarungia longistrobus or Sunbird bush.

Care of the plant Metarungia longistrobus or Sunbird bush

The genus Metarungia, family Acanthaceae, includes 3 species of shrubs native to tropical regions of Africa. The species are: Metarungia longistrobus, Metarungia galpinii and Metarungia pubinervia.

Common name: Sunbird bush. This species is native to Mozambique and South Africa.

They are evergreen shrubs with a rounded bearing, branching from the base, reaching 2 meters in height. The leaves are elliptical, alternately arranged and bright green. The flowers are yellow or orange and appear on 9 cm high spikes. They bloom from summer to and sometimes early spring.

These fast-growing, easy-to-grow plants are used in rockery, undergrowth, to form informal hedges, and in large pots for terraces and patios.

Metarungia longistrobus can grow in full sun and shade exposures; prefers a semi-shade exposure receiving direct sun in the early hours of the morning. They resist occasional frosts down to -3 ºC.

The soil should drain well and contain plenty of organic matter. The transplant is done in spring.

They resist drought well. In summer they appreciate regular watering, waiting for the substrate to dry.

Fertilize with compost in late winter or early spring.

Prune at the end of winter to keep it compact and favor the next flowering.

They are quite resistant shrubs to the usual pests and diseases.

They propagate from seeds sown in spring or by cuttings also in spring.

Images of the plant Metarungia longistrobus or Sunbird bush

Metarungia longistrobus
Metarungia longistrobus
Metarungia longistrobus
Metarungia longistrobus
Metarungia longistrobus
 

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