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Cantua buxifolia 'Hot Pants'


(Bicolor Sacred Flower of the Incas) Four-inch-long trumpet blossoms in a neon combination of red-orange and hot pink contrast with mid-green foliage in Cantua buxifolia 'Hot Pants'. This is a hybrid of a long blooming, South American native.
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Common name
This is the non-scientific name used for a plant. A plant may have several common names, depending on the gardener's location. To further confuse the matter, a common name may be shared by several completely different plants. At Flowers by the Sea, we rely on the scientific name to identify our plants and avoid confusion.
Bicolor Sacred Flower of the Incas
USDA Zones
The U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones indicate the temperature zones where a plant is likely to thrive. It is determined by the average annual winter minimum temperature. Actual winter temperatures may be higher or lower than the average.
9 - 11
Size (h/w/fh)
The anticipated mature size of the plant: Height, Width & Flower Height.
This is the average amount of sunlight that a plant needs to thrive. Generally, full sun exposure is 6 or more hours of direct sun daily while partial shade is less than 4 hours of sun or dappled shade all day. Plants may tolerate more sunlight in cooler climates and need afternoon shade in extremely hot climates.
Full sun to partial shade
Soil type
This is the kind of soil that a plant needs to thrive. Most plants require a well-drained soil that allows the water to soak into the soil without becoming soggy. Sandy and clay soils can be improved by digging in compost to improve drainage.
Rich and well drained
Water needs
Plants have specific water requirements. Water loving means the plant needs regular watering to keep the soil moist. Average generally indicates applying 1 inch of water per week, or watering when the soil is dry to a depth of 3 to 4 inches. One inch of water is equal to 5 gallons per square yard of soil surface.
Pot size
This is the size of the pot your plant will arrive in. All will be well rooted & branched and ready to grow when planted. Our 3 1/2 inch pots have a volume of 1.0 pints or 473 ml.
3 1/2 inch deep pot
Container plant?
"Yes" indicates that this plant can be successfully grown as a container plant.
Hummingbird plant?
Hummingbirds have been observed regularly feeding from this plant's flowers.
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(Bicolor Sacred Flower of the Incas) Four-inch-long trumpet blossoms in a neon combination of red-orange and hot pink contrast with mid-green foliage in Cantua buxifolia 'Hot Pants'. This is a long blooming, South American native.

Numerous flowers grow in clusters on this tall, wide shrub, which is evergreen in areas with mild winter temperatures. In its native lands, the species grows on the margins of forests. For best results, give it full sun and rich, well-drained soil. If summers are particularly hot where you live, it may appreciate a bit of partial shade.

This is a good choice for a pollinator garden. Hummingbirds are attracted to it, but deer stay away.

Mostly known as "Kantu " in Peru and Bolivia where it is considered a national flower, Cantua buxifoliaalso grows in the Yungas mountains of Northern Argentina. Aside from the dramatic bicolor combination of Hot Pants, the species has varieties with red, pink, yellow and white flowers.

Cantuais a Latinization of qantu-- the species' original name from the native Quechuan people of the Andes.Buxifoliarefers to the shrub's boxwood-style foliage.

Considered sacred in Andean cultures, reddish Kantu flowers often are used decoratively during during holy days. Perhaps because of their sizeable, tubular flowers, Kantu is a word also used to describe musical groups that play Andean flutes similar to pan pipes.