This very attractive, vigorous annual is perhaps of African origin but now widely cultivated in other tropical areas around the world. It grows reddish, upright stalks with dark green and purple mottled leaves and wonderful, hot pink, narrow, flame-shaped flower spikes.
It makes a wonderful ornamental for the hot tropics and it is also cultivated for the cut flower and dried flower industry. It will do best in USDA Zones 10 and above and prefers well-drained soils and a place in full sun. Germination: Only sprinkle on the surface of the substrate + slightly press on. Substrate: coir or sowing mix + perlite. Keep bright and constantly moist but not wet. Germination takes 3-6 weeks.