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Spanish Flag

Scientifically configured as Ipomoea lobata, the Spanish Flag flower is an uniquely designed piece of art by nature. This is not surprising that the inflammable colors of this flower have also fetched it names like 'Firecracker Vine' or 'Exotic Love'. True to its name, the flower is exotically adorned with warmth and beauty of nature.

Convolvulaceae is the plant family to which the genus Ipomoea lobata belongs to. Spanish flag is a name that has been imposed on the flower due to its fiery colors which resemble the colors of the Spanish Flag or else there is no historical evidence which would relate the flower to the Spanish flag.

   

Ipomoea lobata, a richly endowed annual vine is well decorated with beautiful flowers in flaming red and scarlet on the spikes. Each spike is adorned with at least 12 flowers on the alternate sides. Each flower gives a slight hint of scarlet red color tinted with yellow, pink and orange streaks. The colorful hues of the flowers simply attract attention make these adorable flowers are a delight to watch. If seen from a distance, the plant seems to be lightened with numerous burning candles.

Not only this, but Spanish Flag flower also provides a pretty good foliage which looks lush green and gives a fulfilling look to the garden. It begins with a rich bronze and purple colored growth

 

which lasts till its fleshy green. The strong and adaptable foliage stays intact in the frosty weather as well. However its only the flowers which rule the attraction factor of the entire plant. A native to Central and South America, The plant is highly appreciated for its beautiful flowers.

These misguiding flowers are borne as scarlet and with the progress of time they turn orange in color and the journey of the colors of the flower does not stop here itself but continues. After the bloom is over the flower disguise in yellow color and finally turn dead with creamy white shade

 

Uses

  • Easy to cultivate, these adaptable flowering plants make an excellent garden plant
  • Gardeners plant it on the trellis, fences, as edging plants, and also in the hanging baskets
  • Florists simply adore this flower as it turns out to be a great cut flower
  • Spanish Flag Flower is also adorned in the bouquets and for other decorative purposes as well
  • A flower for every occasion is what Spanish Flag is all about. It is a well known ornamental for its hardy nature
  • Many gardeners also plant this flower specifically to attract hummingbirds and honey bees. The bright and vibrant colors of the flower attract multiple varieties of birds and insects.
 

How to cultivate Spanish Flag Flower
Spanish flower is a true replenishment for your garden. Easy to cultivate, and hassle free to grow, a plant for an evergreen and colorful garden. Trellis, fences, edges, be it any place, the flower does wonders for all. Following are a few finger tips for you to remember while planting the Spanish Flag flower:

The endearing plant needs semi-fertile, well drained and organically amended soil to flourish in. Water the plant well after a certain time period however the soil should not be

It also demands plenty of sunlight to thrive in, therefore ensure that the plant is grown in conditions enabling it to be exposed to direct sunlight for at least six hours.

It is advisable to soak the seeds in water before sowing to hasten up the germination process.

Once embedded thoroughly in the soils, the saplings take about a week or an half to sprout up.

Make sure that the soil is fertilized every second week with water-soluble and quick release fertilizers in adequate and balanced amounts.

As the plant grows it droops downwards in the absence of a guiding support therefore provide the plant with a strong and reliable support.

Spanish Flag flower is susceptible to diseases like white blister, rust, fungal leaf spots, stem rot, thread blight, charcoal rot, and wilt hence it is necessary to ensure that the plant gets enough nutrition and protected sheath of care. Pesticides and fungicides should be sprayed to protect the delicate plant.


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